Nigeria’s proposed national carrier, Nigeria Air, has got the Air Transport Licence (ATL) on Monday, 6 June, from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Receiving the licence is one of the major steps toward getting the authority to fly the airline.
The decision has come after four years as the national carrier was disclosed by Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation.
The ministry had revealed on Sunday, 5 June, that the proposed national carrier will get an ATL from the NCAA on Monday.
An ATL is given as permission to airlines to provide scheduled as well as non-scheduled services.
It is also one of the licences obtained by airlines prior to commencing operations while they wait for the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) that completely guarantees them the right to initiate air services.
The present chief executive officer (CEO) of Nigerian Air, Dapo Olumide, stated that this certificate will allow them to push forward and conclude the procedure of starting the airlines now.
He also stated that the project, Nigeria Air, strives to restore Nigerian pride as one of the largest nations in the aviation industry around Africa and the world.
While talking about the willingness of the airline to begin operating, the CEO of Nigeria Air stated the airline was already obtaining aircraft from European nations and that as soon as the process is completed, operations will begin.
The airline was expected to initiate operations since it was recognised as one of the most significant projects of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the industry of aviation.
Sirika vowed to begin the operations of the airline by June/July 2022, but no date has been set yet for the initiation.
In April 2022, Nigeria Air Limited applied to the NCAA for a licence to run scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services.