Less than 24 hours after Aero Contractors Airlines, announced an indefinite suspension of its scheduled flight services and its staff ,another domestic carrier, another airline, First Nation Airlines, another has suspended its operations.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Muhtar Usman, explained that the decision was taken in order to ensure that the airline carried out the required maintenance of its aircraft.
In a statement issued by the NCAA on Thursday and signed by its DG, it said,
“The First Nation Airlines on its part is in the middle of an Engine Replacement Programme for one of its aircrafts. Another aircraft is due for mandatory maintenance as allowed by the regulatory authority.
“In these circumstances, these airlines clearly cannot continue to undertake schedule operations, hence the inevitable recourse to self regulatory suspension.”
Usman insisted that the domestic carriers had not wound down their operations, but were “merely suspending their operations temporarily to enable them undertake certain operational overhaul and strengthen their overall operational outlay.”