Nigeria’s proposed national carrier, Nigeria Air, has received an Air Transport License from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
The interim management of the country’s national carrier, led by Captain Dapo Olumide, a former Managing Director of the defunct Virgin Nigeria Airways, received the ATL licence at the NCAA headquarters in Abuja.
Punch Metro reports that the proposed national carrier, in April 2022, applied to the NCAA for a license to operate scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services.
The ATL certification is one of the licences airlines receive before they can operate flight services. The other, Air Operator’s Certificate, which comes shortly after the ATL, is currently under processing and can be granted before the end of July.
The ATL with number NCAA/ATR1/ATL214 signed by the Director General of NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, will run for a period of five years from June 3, 2022 to June 2, 2027.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had hinted that the much-awaited national carrier would commence operation by July.
The Ministry of Aviation had made this known via its official Twitter handle in a short statement which said:
“The @NigerianCAA will on Monday, June 6th 2022 present the Air Transport License (ATL) to the interim management of the #NigeriaAir, Nigeria’s national carrier at the NCAA’s Corporate headquarters, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.”