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NCAA Suspends Mattini Airline, Nine Other Private Jet Operators For Violating Riot Act

The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended 10 private jet operators over failure to commence the recertification process which was aimed at guiding operations of Non-Commercial Flights (PNCF) holders.

The NCAA’s Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Michael Achimugu, announced the suspension.

According to him, the suspension was in accordance with Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023 Part 18.3.4 which forbids holders of Permit for Non-Commercial Flights (PNCF) from using their aircraft for carriage of passengers, cargo or mail for hire or reward which is commercial operation or charter service.

The affected operators are: Azikel Dredging Nigeria Ltd, Bli-Aviation Safety Services, Ferry Aviation Developments Ltd, Matrix Energy Ltd, Marrietta Management Services Ltd, Worldwide Skypaths Services, Mattini Airline Services Ltd, Aero Lead Ltd, Sky Bird Air Ltd and Ezuma Jets Ltd.

He said the operators did not comply with the directive issued on April 16, 2024, requiring re-evaluation by April 19, 2024.

THE WHISTLER reported in April, that the NCAA suspended three private jet operators’ permits for commercial flights and read the Riot Act which ordered re-evaluation of all PNCF permits.

The NCAA said, “The Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023 Part 18.3.4 forbids holders of PNCF from using their aircraft for carriage of passengers, cargo or mail for hire or reward (commercial operation or charter services).

“As a result of flagrant disregard of this rule, the NCAA had earlier directed all holders of PNCF to undergo re-evaluation which should have been concluded by the 19th of April 2024.

“To this end, the NCAA has suspended the permit for Non-Commerfcial Flight of ten private jet operators.”

According to Achimugu, NCAA officials have also been deployed to General Aviation Terminals (GAT) and private wings of airports to monitor the activities of PNCF holders.

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