FirstNation rests schedule flight operations for charter services


FirstNation Airways has rested its schedule flight operations and will offer only charter services for now, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Muhtar Usman, has said.

Usman who disclosed this to journalists on Monday said the airline had been operating just one aircraft for over nine months.

He said the airlines has abandoned its Certificate of Airworthiness as a schedule operation for charter services.

FirstNation was recently fined N33.5m for violating safety procedures and has been struggling with a depleted fleet.

“The airline had scaled down its operations from schedule operator to non-schedule. The status will remain so until it improves its aircraft fleet to at least two and also meets the requirements for schedule services. So, they are no longer into schedule service until they are able to meet the requirement for scheduled service.” Usman said.

Usman added that the essence of sanctioning any operator or organisation in the industry was not punitive, but to serve as a corrective measure to prevent recurrence.