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... National Assembly may empower foreign airlines to fly domestic routes

By Lawani Mikairu

Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCCA, has set up a committee to look into the increasing cases of flight delays and cancellations by domestic airlines.

This is just as the National Assembly joint Committee on Aviation has threatened to pass legislation that will empower foreign airlines to fly domestic routes to check the abuse of passengers right by domestic airlines.

Speaking weekend while receiving the joint National Assembly Committees on Aviation in Lagos, the Director-General of NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu said a committee has been set up by the authority to come up with appropriate recommendations and sanctions to check the increasing cases of delays and cancellations.

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Nuhu disclosed to the committee members that the committee will soon conclude its assignment. He acknowledged that NCAA is aware of the behaviours of some airlines who have not followed laid down rules on delays and cancellations.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly joint Committees on Aviation said the Assembly will soon come up with legislation that will empower the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, to grant permits to any willing foreign airline to fully operate on the Nigerian domestic routes.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aviation, Smart Adeyemi, who disclosed the proposal during the joint Committees visit to Lagos, lamented the several raw deals passengers have suffered in the hands of domestic operators.

Senator Adeyemi said, ” as representative of the people,  my phone has daily been inundated with calls and text messages from aggrieved domestic passengers who had experienced some forms of a raw deal from members of the Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON”.

 He then  said his committee in the Senate and that of the house of representatives had made up their minds to put in place necessary instruments that would empower the “NCAA to grant an operating license to any of the foreign airlines that would be willing and able to deliver on prompt and safe airlifting of Nigerians to all their domestic destinations.”

He  further said that ” very soon airlines’ performances by their records with the NCAA would be placed in the public domain and a caveat on which one is healthy or not would accompany such public information.”

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