The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has refuted report that it was enmeshed in controversy following the renewal of Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of the defunct Chanchangi Airlines. The airline stopped scheduled operations close to a decade ago.
Spokesman for the NCAA, Sam Adurogboye in a statement stated that there is no controversy at all concerning the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of Chanchangi Airways.
Adurogboye noted that at present and quite evidently, Chanchangi Airways is not carrying out any form of operation, stressing that in order words everything concerning the Airline have been archived.
“According to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015, Part 188.8.131.52(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, no AOC holder may conduct a kind of operation for which it holds authority in its operations specifications unless the AOC holder has conducted that kind of operation within the preceding number of consecutive calendar days specified in this paragraph. For scheduled operations it is 30 days. For non – scheduled operations- 90 days except that if the AOC holder has authority to conduct scheduled operations, and has conducted scheduled operations within the previous 30 days, this paragraph does not apply”, Adurogboye said.
“In other words it is not obtaining the AOC that is the most important, what defines an airline is the validity of its operational specifications”, he added.
He further explained that since the airline in question is not operational, it is curious where the controversy is arising from.
He reiterated that the airline got the AOC when it was operating a Boeing 737 for cargo operations, stressing that at the expiration of the mandatory number of days for initial operation as specified in the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NigCARs) the sanction was automatically activated and the airline has been grounded.
The airline, he noted has remained grounded till date. To him, their aircraft was leased by another airline and is at present unserviceable due to lack of maintenance.