By Chinedu Eze
Launches Rome, Paris operations
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has cleared national flag carrier, Air Nigeria, for domestic and regional flight operations following a satisfactory audit of its fleet.
According to a letter dated June 12, 2012 with the reference number: NCAA/ DAWS.002/12/VOL.1/149, sent to the Managing Director, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) by the Direc- tor, Airworthiness Standards, NCAA, Mr. Patrick Ekunwe, the agency was directed to clear all Air Nigeria aircraft for flight operations.
The letter titled, “Domestic and Regional Flight operations of Air Nigeria”, reads in part, “Please be informed that Air Nigeria has been cleared by Nigerian Civil Aviation Au- thority to resume its normal domestic and regional flight operations. Please grant them the necessary flight clearances accordingly.”
Commenting on the develop- ment at a news conference yes- terday in Lagos, the Chairman, Air Nigeria, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim, stressed that the airline was in full compliance with all the international standards on safety regulations.
He explained that it was normal for NCAA to recertify the aircraft of the airline after some of its local staff went on strike.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim an- nounced that the airline was expecting another large body aircraft, Airbus A330=200 which would kick off its operations from Lagos to Rome and to Paris, disclosing that the Federal Government has given approval for the airline to operate the routes.