Airline operators accuse aviation authorities of causing flight delays

Arik Air

Flight operations are allegedly being delayed by the NCAA

Airlines in Nigeria have complained that air worthiness inspectors by aviation authorities delay flight operations.

An Arik Air official, who pleaded anonymity, said one of its aircraft, from Abuja to Lagos, was delayed last Friday.

He said the delay was because officials of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, were not readily available.

Another airline official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the NCAA airworthiness inspectors at the airport are inadequate to handle the planes at the airport

But the aviation agency said it has enough professional staff to attend to situations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and other airports in the country.

The spokesman of the NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said this in Abuja on Tuesday while reacting to complaints by some airline operators who accused the airworthiness inspectors of delay in attending to them.

He said officials of the organisation were working round the clock to ensure safety at all the airports in the country, saying “We have four airworthiness inspectors in Abuja.’’

“We have cabin inspectors, air traffic controllers, aerodrome, and air transport inspectors at the Abuja airport. What we have in Abuja is alright for our operations now,” he said.

Mr. Adurogboye shifted the blame to the airlines, saying “Airlines are required to have qualified engineers who will sign, clear or release a plane to fly each time it needs to fly whether there was an incident or not.”

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