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Why Green Africa Airways may not commence operations as planned




There are insinuations that Green Africa Airways, the start-up carrier, might not commence its flight operations on August 1, 2021 as earlier planned.

Speaking with Business Correspondent, the airline’s customer care confirmed that travelers can continue to reschedule their bookings.

A customer that had booked for a flight said on Wednesday, July 28, received a mail that his flight has been rescheduled for August 2nd, noting that he initially planned to travel on July 20th.

A check on the airline’s website by the correspondent indicated that on August 1, 2021, the com­mencement of operations was still visible, while its airfares of N16,500 to its selected routes were still on the site.

Green Africa Airways

Green Africa Airways

It was learnt that although the air­line on Friday, July 23, completed its 50 hours empty demonstration flights, it is not clear if the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) would issue the carrier the Airline Operator’s Certificate (AOC) this week, which would enable it to commence operations as a scheduled operator. ­

This medium gathered that the NCAA might still check the books of the airline before issuing it the AOC.

According to a source close to NCAA,  “AOC issue should be up to the NCAA depending on their workload. We still have between a week or two to Au­gust 1. It is possible to subject to external factors.”

The General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurog­boye, also confirmed that the start-up carrier just rounded off stage four of its AOC acquisition, which included demonstration flight.

He explained further that with the successful completion of stage four of the exercise, the airline would move to stage five, which included docu­mentation, operation specifi­cations, while AOC would be prepared for the director-gen­eral of the authority to sign.

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Meanwhile, all efforts to get across to the airline for further clarification proved abortive as the company failed to respond to messages sent to them via mail.

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