First Nation, a Nigerian airlines on Thursday, September 1, 2016 suspended its operations becoming the second airline in the country to shut down its operations in less than 24 hours.
On Wednesday, Aero Contractors, the country’s 2nd largest airlines suspended its commercial flights in NIgeria indefinitely. The airlines also handed an indefinite suspension to all its staff.
Muhtar Usman, director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, announced the suspension in a statement where he also explained Aero Contractor’s absence from the aviation scene.
Usman said First Nation was in the middle of an engine replacement programme for one of its aircraft.
“Another aircraft is due for mandatory maintenance as is allowable by NCAA,” Usman said.
“In these circumstances, these airlines clearly cannot continue to undertake schedule operations, hence the inevitable recourse to self-regulatory suspension.”
Usman said it is against the Nigerian civil aviation regulations for airline operators to carry out schedule commercial operation with only one aircraft, the reason both Aero Contractors and First Nation had to suspend operations.
He said NCAA would never compromise safety and security of airlines operations in the airspace, adding that every facet of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARS) and Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) must be adhered to with due diligence.
He explained that everything had been put in place to continue ensuring compliance.