About 26 airlines have discontinued the process for the acquisition of the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) over stringent conditions set by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Spokesman of NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, disclosed that there were five phases an airline underwent before completing the certification process and many airlines faltered on the way.
The first stage for airlines is the Pre -application Phase. In this stage the airlines are required to make enquiries about the due processes to follow.
This is then followed by the Document Compliance Phase which involves a certification team reviewing applicant’s documents for compliance approval.
The airlines then go through Demonstration and Inspection Phase, which involves evaluation by a certification team. The airlines operations such as station facilities, flight operations and records are all inspected and evaluated.
The next is called Certification Phase which allows the intending operator for approval of AOC and Operation Specification with coordination with Director for Safety Oversight and DG NCAA.