Row over Ugandan airlines’ grounding intensifies

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By admin July 31, 2014 21:24

Row over Ugandan airlines’ grounding intensifies

Following a June 11-17th safety audit by the ICAO, the Ugandan CAA said it had withdrawn AOCs for three airlines registered in Uganda: Uganda Air Cargo, Air Uganda and Transafrik International.

It has since been revealed by local media that the Ugandan CAA has withdrawn the AOCs of at least five other operators: Ndege Aviation, Kampala Aeroclub and Flight Training Centre (KAFTC), Air Surf and Asante Aviation.

Ndege Aviation and KAFTC are reported to have received backdated letters revoking their AOCs and requiring them to reapply for new certificates. Ndege Accountable Manager Tim Cooper argued that the actions being taken were flawed.

Cooper said: “Ndege is not prepared to apply to re-certify its AOC until such time as the authority explains what regulatory process is being applied. The actions and demands are outside of any regulatory framework that we can find within the civil aviation regulations and we are concerned that further capricious demands may be made of us by the CAA at any time in the future.”

Cooper also said: “Our inescapable conclusion can only be that [the CAA’s] own processes in the issuance of our AOC were found wanting and that Ndege is now expected to pay the price of [the CAA’s] incompetence.”

Air Uganda CEO Cornwell Muleya has alleged that an ICAO safety audit done in 2008 found the CAA lacking, and that the CAA’s grounding of airlines is a form of damage control to preserve its reputation.

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By admin July 31, 2014 21:24