By Kelvin Osa-Okunbor
Home carriers are ramping up efforts to fulfill the brand new guidelines rolled out by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for resumption of flights.
NCAA on Wednesday reaffirmed the June 21 date authorised by the Federal Authorities for 5 airports within the nation to be reopened for aviation companies as a part of the second section of the eased of COVID-19 lockdown.
NCAA guidelines which is contained in a round titled” “Publish-COVID -19 Pointers for Home Carriers”, requires the airways to service and disinfect their plane, practice their crew and different technical personnel earlier than June 21.
Investigations by The Nation revealed that Aero Contractors of Nigeria, Air Peace, DANA Air, Arik Air, Overland Airways, Max Air and AZMAN Air are remodeling their operation manuals to adjust to the rules.
Investigations additionally revealed that the engineer models of different carriers are speeding to finish checks on their airplanes.
In addition to compliance with airworthiness guidelines, many of the airways try to fulfill the well being protocols rolled out by the NCAA.
Managing Director of Aero Contractors Ado Sanusi mentioned the oldest indigenous service was able to be airborne on the scheduled time.
Sanusi mentioned: “We have now some protocols that have to be achieved however in each contest we (Aero) are prepared to start out anytime from now and I consider many of the airways too have gone far in all of the protocols the NCAA desires us to do.
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“Most of them are trainings and a few sort of manuals that we have to do and a few are also the acquisition of the Private Protecting Gear (PPE) for the crew. Some are reviewing the procedures that we have to observe throughout examine in and disembarking.”
He added that from June 5, 2020, the Ministry of the Atmosphere shall be on the airports to disinfect the airplanes
Sanusi nonetheless mentioned disinfecting the within of any plane have to be in compliance with the suggestions of the producer.
“We should have a look at what they are going to use to disinfect the planes as a result of it have to be in conformation with what the producers say we are able to use to disinfect contained in the airplane,” he defined.
Spokespersons for Arik Air, Mr Adebanji Ola, Air Peace, Stanley Olisa and Kingsley Ezenwa of DANA Air, mentioned the carriers have been technically prepared for flight operations as they have been working around the clock to fulfill all regulatory necessities and different protocols vital for resumption.
Ola mentioned: “We’re totally prepared as an airline and adequately complying with the prescribed pointers. We have now ready our flight crew and plane for the scheduled date. I can affirm to you that Arik Air is technically prepared.”
“Air Peace is technically prepared. We have now beefed up efforts to get our flying crew prepared. Our floor operations unit and related division are set for the scheduled date. We hope the June 21, 2020 date for airports re-opening is particular.” Olisa mentioned.
Ezenwa on his half mentioned DANA Air was 100 per cent prepared for flight resumption.
Common Supervisor, Public Affairs of the NCAA Sam Adurogboye informed The Nation on Wednesday that the regulatory physique had been working with the airways to fulfill the guidelines earlier than the June 21 reopening date.
In line with him, airways that failed to fulfill the directives as contained within the guidelines wouldn’t be allowed to renew operations.
He mentioned: “There’s a guidelines. You need to present that you’ve got maintained your plane; your personnel should bear the required coaching and meet the given protocols to make sure that passengers are protected onboard your flight.
“This has been an ongoing course of earlier than the date of resumption was introduced and among the airways have met these circumstances. One of many airways is already working particular providers. It means they’ve met the situation to function.
“Based mostly on the guidelines, we’re taking a look at how airways keep and disinfect their plane in addition to airports getting disinfected.”