Monday, May 3, 2021

Chanchangi Airlines gets NCAA’s nod to resume flight operations


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has approved an operational licence for the Chanchangi Airlines to resume operations after suspending same in 2012.
The NCAA’s approval is contained in a letter signed by the NCAA Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, issued on April 22.
According to the letter, the Air Transport Licence, ATL, is for a period of five years – from April 22, 2021 to April 21, 2026.
The airline is now licensed to operate scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services within and outside Nigeria.
With its head office in Kaduna, the airline had operated scheduled domestic passenger services since January 5, 1994, but the airline suspended operations in 2012 after going through some operational turbulence.
Speaking of the airlines’ come back plans, Capt. Nuhu, said: “Chanchangi wants to come back and they want to use ATR. They are planning to come back. The demand is there.”
He explained that there were high demands for air travels in the country, observing a new trend in airline operations where operators are shifting to smaller aircraft against the bigger ones.
The DG said: “You mentioned the issue of not using the right fleet. Yes, but with the new trend, I see people going for Embraer, CRJ, ATR42.
“So, there is a paradigm shift. People are beginning to realise you can’t use 737 for short flights.
“I can see Air Peace had got an E2195, he is got two and he said on the long term, he is going to replace all its 737. United Nigeria is using Embraer 145. Green Africa is using ATR 42, 72.
“There is one that has started processing its documents. He wants to use Embraer 145. The thinking is changing because this 737 business is not working for us.
“It is going to take a while. The economics is forcing the change. It is a positive change in the industry.”

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