The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Tuesday announced the suspension of Azman Airlines from operating in the nation’s airspace with immediate effect.
The industry standards regulatory agency hinged its action on series of safety incidents involving the airline, especially its Boeing 737 aircraft.
Confirming the suspension of the airline, the Director General of NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, stated: “Following series of incidents involving Azman Air Boeing 737 aircraft, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has pursuant to Section 35 (2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 126.96.36.199 (A) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015, suspended the operations of all the Boeing 737 Aircraft in the Fleet of Azman Air Services Limited, with effect from March 15, 2021″.
“The suspension is to enable the Authority conduct an audit of the airline to determine the root cause(s) of the incidents, and recommend corrective actions to forestall re-occurrence.
“The NCAA regrets the inconvenience this action may cause to the public, particularly to Azman Air passengers but the need to ensure the safety of Air Transport and protect the public interest, cannot be compromised”.
The suspension order will subsist until the conclusion of the authority’s audit of airline aimed at determining the causes of its flight incidents and correcting or forestalling the re-occurrence.
Meanwhile, the airline’s management had early today said that the airline was suspending operations to maintain its fleet.
It stated: “These actions ARE imminent as there is need for reposition to serving you better. We are setting an unrivaled Pace to showcase our commitment to your safety and we Promise to be BACK & BETTER!”