Sunday, May 16, 2021

NCAA Lifts Ban On Azman Airline After Lagos Landing Incident

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has lifted the suspension of Azman Air operations.

Azman Air announced this on its verified Twitter handle on Saturday.

The ban by NCAA  had lasted for a month and two weeks.

The regulator had restricted the airline from conducting operations with the infamous plane, Boeing 737 model, since March 15 following an incident in Lagos State.

“The suspension is to enable the authority conduct an audit of the airline to determine the root causes of the incidents, and recommend corrective actions,” NCAA had said in March.

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The authorities had stated that it can’t compromise air safety even though it inconveniences passengers or disrupts their travel plans. This followed a probe by Accident Investigation Bureau in February after Azman 737-500 tyres burst as it landed in Lagos on February 16.

It was gathered that NCAA and the management of Azman Airline concluded a zoom meeting Saturday afternoon and that “the airline hopes to roll out flight schedule shortly next week.”

Although, NCAA had not yet issued an official statement, the Director General of NCAA, Capt Musa Nuhu, had earlier raised serious hopes for Azman come back.

In a recent chat with journalists, Capt Nuhu said that: ”We had a virtual meeting. We had a very good discussion and they went through each of the issues one by one. I must tell you the response we had from Azman has been very encouraging and very positive. They are taking all what we have explained to them. Now they understand it is even better for them to improve their business model. I have seen a shift and I can guarantee you that by the time Azman complies with all what we want, the public will see a different Azman airline, that is our purpose.

“I just received a very impressive response from them concerning what they have done. We are going to start serious training for their people next week. Where we find gaps, they have already started employing people and they are really working and cooperating. Honestly, I am very happy and feel very relieved at their response to us.”

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