By Victor Ernest
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has imposed a fine of N9.5 million on a non-schedule airline for operating in the country without flight clearance.
The regulatory body’s spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, said in a statement on Sunday that the Letter of Sanction conveying the penalties had been sent to Lyxor International, a non-schedule general aviation operator.
He said the airline was sanctioned after it severally violated the terms of its approved flight clearances for non-scheduled international air services.
Adurogboye said the NCAA found clear evidence from the flight records that the aircraft was operated within the Nigerian airspace in violation of its flight clearances between Dec. 11, 2016 and Feb. 15, 2017.
”Therefore, in accordance with IS 22.214.171.124. Table 2 viii (6) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig CARS 2015), the airline is hereby sanctioned for failure to comply with the conditions of approved flight clearances for non-scheduled international air services.”
Moderate civil penalty
”The airline is hereby required to pay the sum of N6.5 million (i.e. N500, 000 x 13) for the 13 times the aircraft ought to have flown out of Nigerian airspace in compliance with the approved clearances but was stationed in Nigeria,” Adurogboye said.
Therefore, for the six times the aircraft violated the approved routes, the operator will pay a moderate civil sanction of N3 million (i.e. N500, 000 x 6).
He however added that the respondent will pay the sum of N6.5m, having made a deposit of N3 million towards possible sanctions.