NCAA to sanction erring airlines over poor insurance

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The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority has insisted it will sanction airlines and allied services providers that fail to maintain adequate insurance coverage for their aircraft and other aviation equipment.

The aviation industry regulator said it was mandatory for all operators to comply with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) 2022.

According to the NCAA, compliance entails maintaining adequate and valid insurance cover, submitting copies of valid insurance certificate to the authority, and evidence of payment of premium and other policy documents of insurance cover of not less than three months.

The NCAA directive was contained in an “All Operator Letter referenced NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/369, and dated August 11, 2023.

The letter, addressed to all airlines and allied aviation services providers, was signed by the Director General, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu.

According to the NCAA, the compliance is sequel to the coming into force of Nig. CARs 2022 on July 10, 2023. The regulations make it mandatory for all airlines comply with Part 18.14.1.1 of the Regulations.

The letter read in part, “Specifically, Part 18.14.1.1 of the regulations provides amongst others that all airlines and other allied aviation service providers must NOT operate without: Adequate and valid insurance cover; submitting to the authority copies of valid insurance certificate, evidence of payment of premium and other policy documents of insurance cover of not less than three (3) months as specified in IS: 18.14.1.1. it is important to have an insurance document which must be adequate and renewed before the expiration of the current policy and be submitted to the NCAA as soon as it is renewed.”

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