Airline operators have canvassed the overhaul of the procedures adopted by the civil aviation regulator in the issuance of the all-important Air Operators Certificate (AOC), a mandatory requirement before airlines could embark on commercial scheduled flights.
The carriers have expressed concerns over the four-stage laborious and revenue depleting procedures adopted by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in considering carriers that qualify to be issued the licence.
Rather than sticking to the window of two-year tenure for the AOC, airlines are pushing for a no expiry regime in which validity should only be threatened through suspension or revocation.
Apart from the huge costs spent by the airlines, they have also expressed reservations on the length of the time and other materials expended in preparing for the certification process by prospective and holders.
Written by: EaglesFM