The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has issued a new Air Operators Certificate to Overland Airways.
This, according to the regulator, is in line with the ongoing recertification of all the nation’s airlines.
A statement by the NCAA on Tuesday said that the action followed the fact that the airline had successfully undergone the re-certification process and met with the all the requirements.
The statement added that the acting Director-General, NCAA, Mr. Benedict Adeyileka, who presented the certificate, said the NCAA would continue to support and help the airlines to grow in their operations.
While commending the tenacity of Overland Airways during the exercise, he explained that the airline submitted the pre-application Statement of Intent, formal application, document evaluation, adding the manuals and its training were inspected and approved before they were cleared to proceed to the next phase.
He said, “The base inspection and successful evacuation demonstration were conducted. Demonstration plan was approved while the flight demonstration was done for 50 mandatory hours as demo hours.
“The NCAA wishes to let airlines know that our doors are open; and as the regulatory authority, we are here to listen to you and provide you with solutions when you involve us in your challenges.
“However, we have zero tolerance to non-compliance to our regulations. We cannot compromise safety and security. Our processes have been modified. If you have any misgiving concerning our regulations you are free to interact with us.”
Adeyileka explained that some portions of the regulation could be reviewed and amended, but stressed that it had to pass through a process.
“It has to be suitable for the airline’s growth propensity but it must not jeopardise safety,” he said.
The Managing Director, Overland, Captain Edward Boyo, said the AOC was the basis of the airline’s existence.
He said, “We want to thank the director-general and his team; we are proud to say we enjoy working with them.
“It was a tough road to traverse due to the professionalism of the certification team. However, it was worth it at the end.”
He assured the team that his airline’s slogan was never to negotiate safety, adding that Overland remained a safety conscious organisation.
According to the statement, the AOC was signed on March 27, 2014 and remained valid for two years.