Regulatory Error: NCAA Apologises to Jet Support Service, Lifts Suspension

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 8 – The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has tendered an apology to the management of Lagos based private airline operator, Jet Support Service, and lifted its suspension of its aircraft.

In what appears to be an authoritative slip-up, the NCAA had on Friday, July 3rd 2020 issued a suspension notice of part G (Aircraft leasing operations) of challenger 604 jet, owned by Jet Support Service.

A statement signed by the Director General/ CEO of the NCAA, Captain Musa S. Nuhu, reads that Jet Support Service who is the operator of challenger 604 aircraft is “hereby suspended within the Nigerian airspace forthwith, pending compliance with the requirements of the Nig. CARs”.

However, within 24 hours of issuing the suspension notice, the NCAA in another letter, signed by Captain Musa S. Nuhu and sent to the management of Jet Support Services, said it was apologizing “for the erroneous grounding of your Challenger 604 aircraft with registration G-FABO”.

The letter, seen by Today’s Echo’s correspondent, further reads that the “the suspension is hereby lifted with immediate effect and all appropriate authorities will be notified to lift any restriction that might have been placed on the aircraft”

Responding to the mistaken suspension of its part G operation and eventual withdrawal and apology by the NCAA, the Chief Operating Officer of Jet Support Service, Chukwerika Achum in a press statement acknowledged the apology letter by the NCAA and restated the company’s resolve to be an ethical and law abiding indigenous firm.

“As a proudly indigenous private airline company, focused on delivering quality world class service in a consistently effectual manner-parallel with government’s growth vision and mission, we have always been a proponent of ethical business practice, focused on accelerating the actualisation of economic growth and development.

We assure our stakeholders and the general public that the mistaken suspension of our Challenger 604 aircraft by the NCAA has been corrected, even as we acknowledge the apology letter from the NCAA,” the statement reads.

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