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NCAA declares Air Nigeria fleet safe

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Air Nigeria fleet has been cleared as safe to fly by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) following an audit

"Please be informed that Air Nigeria has been cleared by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to resume its normal domestic and regional flight operations,” said a letter from the NCAA to the managing director of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

“Please grant them the necessary flight clearances accordingly."

Air Nigeria chairman, Dr Jimoh Ibrahim, said that the airline was in full compliance with all the international safety standards, according to This Day.

Ibrahim said that the NCAA’s recertification of the aircraft was routine after some of Air Nigeria’s local staff went on strike.

Ibrahim also announced that the airline was investing in an Airbus A330-200 so that Air Nigeria could begin operating from Lagos to Rome and to Paris.

Al Jazeera quoted John Nnorom, former Air Nigeria finance director, as saying that the airline's engineers were under pressure to certify aircraft that were unfit for travel, a claim strongly refuted by the airline.

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