FOLLOWING debts accrued by airlines as well as private and state owned airports running to over N5billion as at last count, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) is set to suspend services to users of their Navigational facilities in an effort to get them to defray said outstanding debt.
The airspace managers issued a 30-day final demand notice to debtor airlines and private /state owned airports.
The demand notice which expires on the 28th of February, 2020 expects all debtors to settle their indebtedness or risk sanctions.
According to NAMA, the affected debtors had earlier been communicated with details of their respective indebtedness to the agency but have made no tangible effort to pay.
The said notice read in part, “NAMA hereby notifies debtor private /state owned airport operators and airlines that effective 28th February, 2020, our services will no longer be available for the operation of their airports or airlines as the agency can no longer keep its personnel working at airports without payment.”
In the meantime, NAMA has urged affected debtors, where in doubt of debt, to liaise with the commercial department of NAMA for reconciliation and/ or clarification within the stipulated grace period.
Recall that in October 28, 2018, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) withdrew Air Traffic services from the Osubi airstrip, In Warri, Delta State which technically halted operations until the airport operators Shoreline Oil Services Ltd paid N31 million.