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Guidelines and Requirements for the Grant/Renewal of Air Transport Licence (ATL). (Posted 13th June, 2003) Tell your friends about this page! Email it to them.


I. Application in respect of a licence shall be made in writing to the Honourable Minister of Aviation. The application shall thereafter be forwarded from the Ministry to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for processing.

II. Every application for a licence shall be signed by the person applying for it, and if made by a corporate body, shall be signed by a person duly authorized by such a body.

III. Every application for a licence must reach the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Aviation on or before a date not less than six (6) months to the desired commencement date of operations.


I. The application letter for the grant of licence must contain the following particulars:

a. Name and address of applicant;

b. The type of services to be provided;

c. Proposed operational base of applicant;

d. Details of routes to be operated where applicable;

e. Number and types of aircraft to be utilized; and

f. Time and frequency of the services.

II. The following supporting documents must also be submitted to NCAA before processing of the application can begin:

a. Four (4) copies of the Certificate of Incorporation of the company;

b. Four (4) copies of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company with minimum PAID-UP share capital of N20,000,000 (twenty million Naira);

c. Four (4) copies of the current Tax Clearance Certificate of the company and of each of the Directors (Originals should also be submitted for sighting);

d. Four (4) copies of the detailed Feasibility Report of the proposed operation indicating among other things, its operational base, cash flow analysis, maximum fares to be charged for passengers or cargo, the ability of applicants to provide satisfactory services in respect of safety, continuity, regularity of operation, frequency, punctuality, reliability, sources of finance etc.;

e. Publication of notice of the application in both the Daily Times and New Nigeria newspapers;

f. Bank Reference in respect of the company;

g. Proposed Insurance Policy;

h. Duly completed application forms to be obtained from NCAA;

i. Duly completed Personal History Statement (PHS) forms in respect of the Directors of the company;

j. Receipt of payment of N500,000.00 non-refundable processing fee (Bank Draft to be payable to the NIGERIAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY). 

III. The Authority will during the course of the processing seek:

a. Comments of FAAN on the operational base of the applicant;

b. Security clearance from the Presidency;

c. Publication of notice of application in the official Government Gazette. 


I. The validity of a Licence shall have five (5) years.

II. Subsequent upon receipt of Licence, a utilisation fee of N50,000.00 shall be paid to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority annually. 



I. Application for renewal of a Licence shall be made in writing to the Honourable Minister of Aviation. The application shall thereafter be forwarded from the Ministry to the NCAA.

II. Receipt of Payment of N250,000.00 processing fees.

III. Security Clearance from the Presidency (to be obtained by NCAA in the course of processing).

IV. Evidence of utilisation of Licence vide Certificates of:

a. Registration of Aircraft

b. Airworthiness of Aircraft

c. Insurance

d. Air Operatorís Certificate (AOC)

V.    evidence of submission of monthly statistical returns of operations to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

VI    Provided there is a satisfactory report on the airline the Licence may be renewed for another period of five (5) years.  


I     The validity of a renewed Licence shall be five (5) years.

II.   A utilisation fee of N50, 000 shall be paid to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.


I.    on receipt of an application, the Director General is entitled to request that the applicant should supply such further information as he may deem necessary.

II.   The Authority may refuse to recommend the grant of a Licence, if it is not satisfied that the resources of an applicant and the financial arrangements made by him are adequate for discharging the actual and potential obligations in respect of the business activities for which the company is engaged, or may be expected to engage, if the Licence is granted.

III.  Should the application be granted, the Authority has a continuing responsibility to be satisfied with the financial arrangements made by a Licence holder. To this end, the Authority will monitor the Licence holderís financial position by way of regular screening of up-to-date monthly management accounts, at least quarterly balance sheets and annual profit and loss and cash flow projections.

IV    In respect of scheduled services, the tariffs to be charged for the carriage of passengers and their baggage will need to be notified to the Authority well before the start of any service. The Air Transport Regulation Directorate of the NCAA should therefore be contacted on information on how to file proposed tariff should the application be granted.

V     Licence holders are also required to make certain statistical returns on aircraft movement and passenger up-lift to the Authority on a regular basis.

For further information, please contact:

The Directorate of Operations, Licensing and Training Standards (DOLTS)

Abuja: 5 Blantyre Street, off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. Tel: 09-81 00 28

Lagos: Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos

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