N27bn Palliative Only For Functional Airlines _ FG

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Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu has disclosed that the federal government palliatives for Nigerian airlines to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on their operations will only be accessed by domestic airlines that are functional and operating regular flights.

Captain Nuhu made the disclosure in Lagos at a Webinar with aviation Correspondents. He said, “both defunct and functional airlines are free to apply for the fund but it is the policy of the Federal government to make it accessible to functional airlines”.

He, however, added that the Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, the umbrella body of all domestic airlines, would not make the mistake of putting forward a defunct airline for the palliative.

Recall that the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika had revealed that the federal government has set aside N27 Billion Naira as a stimulus package to assist the aviation sector to overcome the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic as the sector is the most impacted by the pandemic.

According to Captain Nuhu: “Any airline can apply, whether functioning or not but it is a policy that participating airlines must be functioning and with Air Operators Certificate, AOC. I also believe that the AON has its own rules and they know the criteria, I believe the AON will not put forward a non- functioning airline”.

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