In a bid for the nation’s airline sub-sector to conform to the global standards and practices, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has said that the new Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, Nig. CARs, promulgated in December, 2015, would take effect from 1st July, 2016.
NCAA said the reviewed Nig.CARs was to ensure a completion of the annexes. NCAA said in the new regulation, provisions had been made for economic and consumer protection regulations, which were hitherto not incorporated in the 2009 edition.
A statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, said the directive on the new regulation was contained in a circular with the reference number: NCAA/DG/ AOL/21/16/01 sent to all airline operators in April, 2016.
Adurogboye hinted that also included in the new regulation was the review of standardised operational procedures, implementation and enforcement in the industry.
He said all these had been done in conformity with the Standards and Recommended Practices, SARPs, as contained in the Annexes to the Chicago Convention.
He declared that all airline operators were already in possession of the copies of the new regulations, stressing that the interregnum between April and the commencement date was a permissible transitional period.
He insisted that during this time, all stakeholders are expected to acquaint themselves with the contents therein for seamless implementation.
He added: “The process of review was set in motion to align Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, Nig.CARs, with recent International Civil Aviation Organisations, ICAO, amendments and industry observations received by the authority.