Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has charged domestic airlines to remit the 5% Ticket, Charter and Cargo Sales Charges that they have collected in trust for the NCAA, this money so far have accumulated to over N6billion.
The TSC is a charge collected for the agencies by the airlines in trust, to be remitted to government coffers in order to avoid collection before flight and creating confusion, delays and missed flight.
In line with the Civil Aviation Act 2006, the NCAA is saddled with the collection of 5% sales charge on all tickets originating from Nigeria, cargo operations and charter/contract flights. The 5% Sales Charge after collection is shared with other aviation agencies namely: Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) as approved by the Civil Aviation Act 2006.
With the money amassing further, the NCAA called on airlines to put plans in place to offsetting the debt that has been accumulated over the years stating that the debt is stunting the growth of the government agencies.
The statement sent by General Manager Public Affairs, Sam Adurogboye in part read, ”The Authority notice with serious concern the huge debts of airlines as a result of failure to settle promptly invoices as at when due. This poses serious financial challenges to the various Parastatals that benefit from the 5% Ticket, Charter and Cargo Sales Charges.”
“Consequently, the Authority would be pleased to see that the Airlines put plans in place towards the full liquidation of all outstanding indebtedness. The settlement of those debts will go a long way in assisting Authority fulfil its statutory obligations to the Country and the world at large.”
The NCAA has tried many times to get the money from airlines that sometimes falsify and misrepresent the payment of the charges, to the travelling public, accusing them of concealing the real reason behind the charges.
The 5 percent charge is enshrined in the Civil Aviation Act and also embedded in passengers’ fares, he said, adding that airlines were supposed to collect from passengers and pay instantly to the NCAA.
Director General of the NCAA, Captain Usman Muhkar once said, ‘’I wish to correct a serious misconception being sold to the public by some airlines. NCAA has reports that some airlines are purporting that the 5 percent TSC is being paid to us from their earnings. This they say is adversely affecting their operations.
“This is absolutely false and a misrepresentation. The TSC is content charged in the ticket sold to passengers. The airlines role is to collect and remit to the regulatory authority.
“Let me again refer to Section 12 (1) of the Civil Aviation Act 2006, which says that there shall continue to be a 5 percent air ticket contract, charter and cargo sales charge to be collected by the airlines and paid over to the Authority.
The authority further wished all Airline Operators and all aviation stakeholders a happy Christmas celebration and a prosperous new year in advance expressing joy for safe operations and urging improvement in that area.
“We thanked God for a safe operation in the outgoing year and we looked forward to a safe and secured operation in the coming years. Safety is a collective responsibility and we appreciate the cooperation from all stake holders, particularly the airlines towards the safe operations in the outgoing year.”
“It is pertinent to point out that the Authority is fully committed to strict enforcement of compliance to safety Regulations in order to engender safe operations at all times.”