To guarantee passengers’ safety and protection from COVID-19, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has commenced the audit of airlines.
The Nigerian government is also working on a bailout for the aviation industry to prevent the collapse of the airlines.
The federal government had closed the nation’s airspace for scheduled passenger flights on March 23 and extended the closure for four weeks on May 6.
Although the nation’s airspace is still closed, the government is considering resumption of domestic flights by June.
NCAA spokesman, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, said in Lagos that the main objective of the technical audit is to ensure that airlines’ fleet is airworthy.
According to him, the audit would also ensure that the airlines provide adequate safety protocol to ensure the protection of passengers from the virus infection while onboard.
The audit, he said, would ensure that pilots and cabin crew meet the conditions to fly.
A directive from NCAA to the airlines, All Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), said the airlines would be required to review and demonstrate or submit the evidence of compliance.
NCAA also requires airlines to notify the authority of their intention to resume operations and make themselves available to the regulatory body for the post-COVID-19 restart plan assessment.
“Upon satisfactory post-COVID-19 restart plan assessment by the authority, the ANSPs will be granted approval to resume full operation by the Director-General,” NCAA said in a circular, Ref: NCAA/DG/GC/8/16/301, dated May 5, 2020.