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Green Africa suspends ticket bookings, awaits operating certificate

Green Africa Airways, a new low-cost carrier, is set to begin its operations after reaching the final stage of certification.

Green Africa Airways, a Nigerian start-up carrier, has suspended ticket bookings following the delay in the issuance of its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The airline had already started selling tickets to customers for its flights which were initially scheduled to commence on June 24.

A review of the airline’s charges by TheCable shows that flight fees for Lagos and Abuja and vice-versa for the year is between N16,500 and N23,000.

At a joint meeting between top officials of the regulatory body and senior executives of Green Africa, the airline said it was concluded that the airline’s AOC will not be available till July 2021 due to unforeseen circumstances.

Commenting on the development, Babawande Afolabi, founder and chief executive officer of Green Africa, said: “This is certainly a bump in the road, and we are mindful of the impact especially on our customers and other stakeholders.”

“However, we are confident of the NCAA’s support and commitment to get Green Africa into service, and we have also put plans in place to compensate our affected customers.”

The carrier, in a notice on its website, said that customers who had already purchased tickets can move their flights to dates starting from August 2021 for no extra charge.

“To move your flight to a future date for FREE, kindly click on the button below, enter your booking code and contact email in the fields provided,” the statement reads.

“You will also receive 50% of your full booking value in a credit shell via an automated email within 7 days of flight reschedule.”

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