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ARIK AIR BECOMES NIGERIA’S FIRST INDIGENOUS AIRLINE TO FLY TO ALL EUROPEAN NATIONS

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted Arik Air Third Country Operator (TCO) authorization, which allows it to operate to any European country.

The airline made the announcement in a statement by its Communications Manager, Ola Adebanji, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday.

The statement said the TCO authorization was a requirement for all non-European Union registered commercial operators that fly to EU countries under the Air Operator Certificate (AOC).

It said: “An airline is given the authorization after meeting stringent safety and security standards.
“The TCO is obtained from EASA after the agency has scrutinized the airline’s manuals and after the airline has scaled its regulations, which may include an interview.

“Only very few airlines have the authorization in Africa and Arik Air is the only airline that has TCO in West Africa.”

According to the statement, this enables the airline to operate to any part of Europe, according to the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) the airline has with individual countries.

The statement quoted the Deputy Managing Director of Arik Air, Ado Sanusi, as saying that the airline could fly to all European member states with respect to BASA agreement with each country.

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