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Enforcement of passenger rights
  • Nigeria
  • 03 October 2018

The Nigerian aviation industry plays a key role in the country's transport system and overall economy. Thus, it is exasperating that air passengers still encounter numerous challenges, such as delays or cancellations of scheduled flights and lost, stolen or delayed baggage. Although existing laws and regulations govern passenger rights, key issues concern the level of passenger awareness regarding such rights and the inadequate enforcement of the laws and regulations.

State action plan to reduce aircraft emissions
  • Nigeria
  • 15 August 2018

As a signatory of the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nigeria must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from both domestic and international aviation. To demonstrate its commitment in this regard, Nigeria has developed an action plan to reduce aircraft emissions and implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation. Further, it intends to explore regulatory measures to reduce its aircraft emissions.

Aviation sector overview 2018
  • Nigeria
  • 27 June 2018

For the Nigerian aviation industry 2018 began on a relatively high note. In 2017 the sector experienced a number of milestones which should serve as leverage for building success as the country becomes an air travel hub in West Africa. These developments include the country's increased ranking in the Level 3 State Safety Programme Implementation Process, the International Civil Aviation Organisation certification of two airports and the signing of the Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.

Exploiting aviation industry's economic potential
  • Nigeria
  • 27 June 2018

For the aviation sector to generate more income, the government must address a number of challenges to maximise the sector's full potential. Such challenges include compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation global standards, the difficulties experienced by aviation stakeholders wanting to access funds or ensure financing for the modernisation and expansion of their infrastructure, the slow implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision and Nigeria's requisite skill shortages.

Aviation security and safety standards
  • Nigeria
  • 30 May 2018

It is important that the safety and security standards adopted in the Nigerian aviation sector be given proper attention to ensure the protection and safeguarding of all stakeholders against acts of unlawful interference or other threats. However, aviation security in Nigeria is fraught with challenges and this has brought about recent deliberations from the government, regulators, the aviation industry and the public.

Plans in motion to re-establish national airline: issues arising
  • Nigeria
  • 23 May 2018

In May 2017 the Federal Executive Council approved the allocation of N1.52 billion for the financing of preparatory steps towards, among other things, the reintroduction of a national airline. While this is commendable, the need for a national carrier cannot serve as the conclusive basis for a decision that will have adverse effects on national and economic planning. As such, the government must carefully consider and address the concerns regarding the re-establishment of a national airline.

Making Nigeria a travel hub
  • Nigeria
  • 22 November 2017

The Nigerian aviation industry has the potential to contribute in excess of 5% to the nation's gross domestic product and support over 1 million jobs. Nigeria's recent achievements and Level 3 rating in the state safety programme implementation process have positioned the country to become a travel hub. However, the inherent challenges facing the industry must be addressed before this status can be achieved.

The case for developing a policy and regulatory framework for business aviation
  • Nigeria
  • 27 September 2017

The Nigerian business aviation industry has the potential to expand significantly as the economy grows and diversifies, but some issues must be addressed in order to maximise results. As such, the business aviation industry needs an effective policy that will harness its potential and attract more foreign investment, as well as address safety and national security concerns.

Civil Aviation Regulations 2015 – an overview
  • Nigeria
  • 16 August 2017

The Civil Aviation Regulations were first promulgated in 2006 in order to establish national requirements that align with the Civil Aviation Act 2006. The regulations were most recently amended in 2015, following a review by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority which aimed to align the regulations with recent amendments to the standard and recommended practices contained in the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation and industry observations.

BASAs reviewed in civil aviation context
  • Nigeria
  • 14 June 2017

Over the years, questions have arisen as to the effectiveness and profitability of Nigeria's bilateral air service agreements (BASAs) for the country's economy. It is apparent that certain BASAs have been negotiated or renegotiated without extensive consideration of the commercial elements required for the industry to experience the proposed targeted benefits of such agreements. Further, there has been little emphasis on the economic realities which Nigeria is facing.

ICAO certification of Lagos and Abuja airports: identifying stakeholders
  • Nigeria
  • 29 March 2017

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), in conjunction with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, recently commenced implementation of the Africa-Indian Ocean Plan Aerodrome Certification Project for two of Nigeria's 26 airports. The benefits of ICAO certification are considerable – for example, it will help the government to achieve its aim of attracting investors into Nigeria by boosting the country's aviation safety rating.

Application for air transport licences
  • Nigeria
  • 08 February 2017

In order to commence airline operations in Nigeria, a number of steps must be undertaken in line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Guidelines and Requirements for Grant of Air Transport Licence. The first step is to obtain a renewable air transport licence, which is an authorisation to operate cargo services or scheduled passenger services within Nigeria.

Concession agreements for Nigeria's major airports: an overview
  • Nigeria
  • 30 November 2016

In 2015 the federal government announced its intention to grant concessions for Nigeria's four major airports. In light of Nigeria's existing economic climate, many experts and stakeholders in the aviation industry have backed this resolution. However, before this process begins, experts and stakeholders in the aviation industry have impressed on the government certain issues that must be addressed.

National carrier – options for legal structure
  • Nigeria
  • 14 September 2016

The aviation minister recently announced that a transition adviser will soon be appointed to assist in the establishment of a national carrier. Past experience would suggest that the most suitable structure for the carrier would be a public-private partnership led by the private sector, with government participation ensuring that the airline is not hindered by unnecessary bureaucracy and that the requisite approvals are received in a timely manner.

Guidelines and requirements for issuance of drone certification
  • Nigeria
  • 13 July 2016

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has prohibited the launch of remotely piloted aircraft (known as 'drones') in the Nigerian airspace without a permit from the NCAA and the Office of National Security Adviser. The NCAA stated that the move was part of the safety guidelines issued by the regulatory agency to drone operators following their proliferation in Nigeria.

Death on board an aircraft: legal considerations
  • Nigeria
  • 25 May 2016

A number of legal considerations apply in case of death on board aircraft – from the procedure to follow to who is responsible and whether compensation is available for the deceased's family. This update discusses the international conventions and the Nigerian statutory framework and guidelines that govern these matters and protect the rights and dignity of the deceased, their families and the airline carriers.

Nigeria's national carrier: a historical perspective
  • Nigeria
  • 13 April 2016

President Mohammadu Buhari recently expressed concern over Nigeria's lack of a national air carrier after receiving a briefing from Ministry of Aviation officials. Despite being informed of the challenges that domestic airlines face, the president ordered that expedited action be taken towards the re-establishment of a national carrier, and has inaugurated a ministerial committee to look into this.

Do you have your air operator's certificate?
  • Nigeria
  • 10 February 2016

Operators wishing to perform specific commercial air transport operations must obtain an air operator's certificate (AOC) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, which confirms that they have the required personnel, assets and systems in place to ensure the safety of their employees and the general public. The Civil Aviation (Air Navigation) Regulations 2000 govern the procedure for applying for, processing, renewing and revoking an AOC.

OnDemand Rise of the drones
George Etomi & Partners
  • Nigeria
  • 16 December 2015

Civil aviation in Nigeria is governed by the Civil Aviation Act. However, the Civil Aviation Act does not specifically provide for drones and they are not required to be registered. The use of drones for leisure and commercial purposes has yet to become widespread in Nigeria, which may be a reason why there has been no significant legislative enactment covering it.

Examining the NCAA passenger bill of rights
  • Nigeria
  • 07 October 2015

For nearly three decades in Nigeria the rights of passengers have largely been ignored by airlines. In a bid to address this issue, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has introduced a passenger bill of rights. Its overarching objective is to protect the rights of passengers and increase their confidence in aviation services. However, the NCAA's commitment to implementing and enforcing the bill must be questioned.