Tropical Arctic Logistics (TAL), a Lagos-based non-scheduled airline, has said that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s (NCAA) renewal of its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) does not meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) standards.
This was revealed by TAL’s chief operating officer, Olufemi Adeniji, against the backdrop of the NCAA’s refusal to renew the company’s AOC.
According to the operator, the non-renewal of TAL’s AOC has caused its operations to be halted, resulting in a loss of over $7 million. Despite the fact that the airline said it completed all of the standards for its AOC renewal, NCAA nevertheless down the proposal.
Adeniji however, told journalists yesterday that despite applying for the AOC 47 days before its expiration date, rather than the NCAA’s norm of 30 days, the Authority has refused to honour her request; he questioned if the renewal of an AOC should be more time consuming than the initial approval.
He posited that AOC renewal issues are not peculiar to TAL but most of the operators, adding that TAL with its integrity has decided to address the issues which would also help in cleansing the NCAA’s departments and their relationship with the operators.
TAL has decided to follow the due process no matter how long it takes without compromising.
The TAL CEO, on the other hand, accused the NCAA of impeding the process of renewing the company’s AOC by misplacing a critical document submitted to the authority.
“Indeed, there is abundant evidence that all manuals were submitted and some resubmitted with amendments as it was said that some were lost by the NCAA airworthiness department, MCM, AMP, MEL after 7 months of submission. It is on record that futile attempts were made to heap the blame on COVID-19”, he pointed out.
Consequently, the operation has been grounded due to an unusual delay in processing the AOC to date.