The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has suspended all Asky Airline flight operations to Nigeria.
Benedict Adeyileka, the Acting Director-General of NCAA, announced the decision in a statement issued by the General Manager, Public Communications of NCAA, Fan Ndubuoke, in Lagos on Monday.
He said that the regulatory authority had to take the action to protect Nigerians from the deadly Ebola virus currently ravaging some parts of Africa.
Asky Airline is an important player in East, West and Central Africa, operating 80 flights into Lagos and Abuja weekly.
The airline flew a Liberian infected with Ebola virus into Lagos, where he died.
Mr. Adeyileka said the Country Manager of Asky was invited to explain issues relating to the trip but that he could not offer any conclusive or substantial evidence on the matter.
He said that the airline manager did not demonstrate any capacity to be able to prevent a reoccurrence or possible transportation of Ebola victims into Nigeria.
Mr. Adeyileka directed the Directorate of Air Transport Regulation to proceed to write a letter of investigation to the airline.
He said that the agency would also write to other airlines operating into and out of Nigeria to ensure they put in place all necessary preventive measures during screening of passengers.
Mr. Adeyileka assured Nigerians that NCAA would coordinate the establishment of a Rapid Response Health Team at the International airports, being major ports of entry.
Similarly, Arik Air which had earlier suspended flights to Monrovia and Freetown has been advised to maintain the cessation of flights until cleared by NCAA.
Why NCAA suspends Asky Airline Operation