Chanchangi Airlines Nigeria Limited is set to return to the country’s airspace, having been re-issued with an air transport license, ATL by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.
The NCAA’s approval is contained in a letter signed by the NCAA Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, issued on April 22.
According to the letter, the Air Transport Licence, ATL, is for a period of five years – from April 22, 2021 to April 21, 2026.
It entitles the airline to operate domestic and international scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo air services.
Chanchangi was forced to suspend its services after the NCAA grounded all airlines that only operated with one aircraft in the wake of an Associated Aviation (SCD, Lagos) crash in September that year.
At that time, Chanchangi had three aircraft – two B737-300s and one B737-500 – but two aircraft had been in maintenance.
With its head office in Kaduna, the airline had operated scheduled domestic passenger services since January 5, 1994, but the airline suspended operations in 2012 after going through some operational turbulence.
Speaking of the airlines’ come back plans, Capt. Nuhu, said: “Chanchangi wants to come back and they want to use ATR. They are planning to come back. The demand is there.”
He explained that there were high demands for air travels in the country, observing a new trend in airline operations where operators are shifting to smaller aircraft against the bigger ones.
The DG said: “You mentioned the issue of not using the right fleet. Yes, but with the new trend, I see people going for Embraer, CRJ, ATR42.
“So, there is a paradigm shift. People are beginning to realise you can’t use 737 for short flights.
“I can see Air Peace had got an E2195, he is got two and he said on the long term, he is going to replace all its 737. United Nigeria is using Embraer 145. Green Africa is using ATR 42, 72.