BY LAWANI MIKAIRU
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, yesterday, said it would carry out both economic and safety audit on domestic airlines in the country following recent air accidents in the country.
The regulatory body also said it was now mandatory for local airlines to carry out the International Air Transport Association, IATA, Operation Safety Audit, IOSA.
Director General of NCAA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu who made this known at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA, insisted that the essence of the audit was to ensure that domestic airlines were not only safe but also financially sound.
According to him, “we are going to audit all the airlines .We will be doing a joint audit with a foreign firm to reassure the public of the safety of our domestic airlines.”
On the allegation that some airlines owe their workers’ salaries, he said that NCAA would not allow airlines that were not financially sound to operate.
He said: “We will not allow airlines that are not financially sound to operate. We are here to ensure growth in the industry. We are not here to stiffen the industry but to make airline business in the country grow.”
He said NCAA was putting in place plans to bring about interlining among domestic airlines, explaining that when in place, it would allow a passenger to use airline A while holding the ticket of airline B.
On the IRS incident in Kaduna, Chairman of IRS, Alhaji Rabiu Ishaku Rabiu, who was also at the briefing, was not allowed to answer questions on the number of aircraft in IRS fleet and if the airlines was owing its workers.
He said since the airline started operations 12 years ago, it had only witnessed two incidents.