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(i) Application in respect of an Airline Operating Permit (AOP) is made in writing to the Director General,Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

(ii) The application shall be signed by a person duly authorized by the applicant.

(iii) The application shall be submitted to the Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on or before a date not less than six (6) months to the expected date of utilization of the AOP.

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Required Documents[edit]

The following supporting documents are required for processing of the application:
(a)Four (4) copies of the certified true copy of the Certificate of Incorporation of the company

(b) Four (4) copies of certified true copy of:

(i) the memorandum and articles of association (ii) Particulars of the Directors of the Company (Form CAC7) (iii) Statement of Share Capital/Return of Allotment (Form CAC2)with minimum PAID-UP share capital of five hundred million (N500,000,000) Naira. At least one member of the board of directors must be an aviation professional in line with the provisions of the Act. In addition, the majority shareholding shall be held by Nigerian(s);

(c) Four(4) copies of the current tax clearance certificates of the company and of each of the directors (original copies of the documents should be submitted for sighting);

(d) Four(4) copies of a detailed business plan of the company indicating among other things, the companys vision, mission, market analysis and strategy, companys ownership structure, personnel plan, fleet acquisition plan, financial plan including source(s) of finance,balance sheet, break-even analysis, pro-forma income projections (profit &loss statements), cash flow analysis, proposed fares for passengers or cargo, etc and other standard business plan requirements showing the road map of the applicants strategy to provide efficient services in respect of safety, regularity, reliability and profitability of operations.

(e) Publication of Notice of the application in two (2) national daily newspapers. The publication should contain information on the application submitted to the Authority for the grant of AOP;

(f) Evidence of the applicants financial solvency to undertake the business. Applicants are expected to prove that they are financially solvent to run operations for a period of three (3) months from the start of operations without resorting to any income from their operations.

(g) Duly completed application forms (to be obtained from the Authority).

(h) Duly completed Personal History Statement (PHS) forms and two(2)passport photographs in respect of each of the shareholders of the 30 company having more than five percent (5%) equity shareholding (forms are available at the Authority).

(j) Receipt of payment of five hundred thousand (N500,000.00) Naira non-refundable processing fee.(Bank Draft made payable to the Authority).

(k) Evidence of adequate insurance cover for passengers, cargo and third party liability as specified in this regulation.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)

Corporate Headquarters:

Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl Airport, Domestic Wing Abuja.



Tel: +234(1) 7610043, +234(1) 7610044

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)

Lagos Office:


Murtala Muhammed Airport, PMB 21029, Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria.

Tel: +234 (1) 4721521 Fax: +234(1)2790421

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It is eligible for Residents/Citizens of Nigeria engaged in Air Transport Business


At receipt of the Airline Operating Permit (AOP), an annual utilization fee of N100,000.00 is charged by the Authority .


Airline Operating Permit (AOP) is valid for a period of three (3) years and renewed every 3years on such terms and conditions as may be specified by the authority from time to time

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Application for of an Airline Operating Permit (AOP) is made in writing to the Authority and shall contain such information which may be

published by the Authority from time to time. And if the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)is satisfied with the requirements for the application, an AOP will be

granted the permit.

Required Information[edit]

The application letter for obtaining Airline Operating Permit (AOP) should contain the following particulars;

(a) Name and address of applicant;

(b) Type of services to be provided;

(c) Number and types of aircraft to be utilized;

(d) Proposed operational base of applicant.

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Need for the Document[edit]

Airline Operating Permit gives license to the use any aircraft in Nigeria for hire and reward in public transport category to provide non-scheduled or charter air service which is issue by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

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