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"...No private Jet owner will be allowed to surreptitiously convert his Jet for commercial purposes”.
The Ministry of Aviation has given a 90-day ultimatum to private jets owners to come up with their operational preference.
The ultimatum was given at the conclusion of a meeting between the officials of the Ministry of Aviation and the stakeholders in the General Aviation sector which warehouses all the owners and operators of private jets.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Mohammed Abass, gave the ultimatum after the meeting which lasted for several hours at Abuja.
Just last week, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), threatened to clamp down on all owners of foreign registered privately operated aircraft in the country whom it said have failed to regularise their documentation in conformity with their operational status, adding that they will face severe sanctions from the regulatory body.
The Director General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, said yesterday that he was ready to commence the regime of stipulated sanctions on the erring operators.
According to him, the sanctions would include grounding of operations, revocation of license and outright seizure of aircraft forthwith.
The use of these operators’ aircraft for commercial operations is at variance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulation, Nig.CARs 18.104.22.168[a][b] which is tantamount to gross violation.
He noted as part of the unanimous decisions at the meeting, the blanket ban upon the operators of foreign registered privately operated aircraft in the country has been lifted with conditions attached.
Abass noted that as earlier indicated, the 90 days ultimatum is one of the conditions, during which it is expected that all operators would have regularised their documentation to specify their choice of operation.
“However, during this moratorium, it is still subsisting that no private Jet owner will be allowed to surreptitiously convert his Jet for commercial purposes”.