The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned private jet owners that they risk having their licences revoked if they attempt to engage in commercial passenger charter flights without having the appropriate Air Transport Licence (ATL).

An NCAA spokesman told ThisDay newspaper that given a recent surge in this illegal practice, an investigative committee had been established to reveal the culprits.

"By this, any operator caught engaging in such unauthorised services will have its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) suspended or revoked," Sam Adurogboye said in a statement. "Consequently, the general public is hereby reminded that holders of Air Transport Licence and Airline Operating Permit with valid AOC are the only authorised operators to carry out charter operations.

"It therefore follows that any members of the public transacting business with any unauthorised operators will be doing so at a high risk as such operations may not have valid insurance cover."

According to the ch-aviation PRO airlines module, Nigeria has numerous Part 135-certificated carriers specializing in passenger and business charter operations namely:

A number of Part 121-certificated airline also possess Part 135 authority.