Airlines indebted to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have pledged to ensure that all their amount overdue to the regulatory body summing over 10 billion will be paid as agreed. These debts are accrued from 5% Ticket and Cargo Sales Charges collected by the airlines in trust for the regulators.
Over 20 airlines chief executives and their representatives, were part of the meeting earlier today where they gave the assurance to the management of the regulatory authority led by the Director General, Capt. Muhtar Usman at the NCAA Conference Room on Wednesday 27th of April, 2016.
Speaking on behalf of the operators, the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) Chairman, Capt. Noggie Meggison remarked that it is incontrovertible that operators are heavily indebted but promised that all unremitted funds will be fully paid.
The airlines at the meeting include Arik Air, Medview, FirstNation, Chanchangi, Kings Airlines, Overland among others, some of who also contributed richly to the issue of the day while the meeting lasted.
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.
The AON chairman thanked the DG for holding a series of meetings with all operators, a move he said was long expected. Meggison therefore requested for similar fora¨ where the Authority’s vision will be properly articulated from time to time to enable us key into it.’’
He, however, called for a retreat where stakeholders will meet to brainstorm on some knotty challenges which operators and the entire industry is confronted with.
In his response, Capt. Usman enjoined the airlines to comply as agreed because the issue of Ticket and Cargo Sales Charges is sacrosanct. According to him, this is to enable the NCAA and other benefitting agencies effectively carry out its regulatory and statutory responsibilities.
The DG and the NCAA management emphasized the need for automation by operators which will offer real-time and transparent transaction. He directed that all reconciliations must be done within the 60 days window provided. He advised the operators to forward all required documentations to verify conflicting claims.
Capt. Usman admonished the operators to be alive to their responsibilities and challenges. He added that operators should take advantage of various Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) entered into by the Federal Government to compete with their foreign counterparts thereby generating the much needed foreign exchange.
Mukhar assured the operators that there will be a broader stakeholders’ forum very soon where various grievances could be looked into and addressed and charge the operators to fully embrace the automation for the sake of transparency and an end to discrepancy over figures forthwith.
Recall last week, that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) directed all Airlines (Domestic & Charter) operating in the country to forward in full unremitted funds accruable to the Authority without further delay
This directive was handed down at a meeting with the operators on non-remittance of 5% Ticket, Cargo and Charter Sales Charges [TSA/TCA] held at the Authority’s Headquarters Annex Wednesday, 20th April, 2016.