The Director General Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu says the Industry will restart with few airlines and airports.
He said they do not need to have all the airlines, airports or ground handlers before the system restarts.
Speaking at a virtual meeting with stakeholders on preparation for restart of the sector, Captain Nuhu said their hands were full as the Authority was currently carrying out a mini-audit of the whole ecosystem at the same time to ensure they get it right with the restart.
According to statistics on the level of readiness by all stakeholders, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is said to be 80% ready; Airlines (domestic) 70% NIMET is also ready and domestic airports level of readiness is put at 57%.
The DG NCAA noted that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) was carrying the bulk of the pressure and a lot of drastic efforts were being made to achieve an appreciable percentage.
The NCAA boss appealed to stakeholders especially the airlines that according to plan, the restart plan would be submitted to the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 by Wednesday (24th June, 2020), all things being equal.
Responding, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Captain Hamisu Yadudu pleaded with the stakeholders that the preparedness of the airports bothered mostly on safety and security.
“Please bear with us. It is primarily on safety and security issues. We need to improve on what we have. That is why we started training our personnel. On procurement, there are things you do not get on time. We will get drastic pace from (24th June, 2020). With the public enlightenment, we are working with NCAA.”
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Area Manager for West Africa, Dr. Samson Fatokun pledged IATA’s assistance in the area of free support training to FAAN, share their expertise and best practices.
“IATA has offered to support FAAN free of charge. This is so we can share with them best practices”.