The new rate which shot up the handling rate of jumbo aircraft of the size of Boeing 777 series to over 1,000 percent is scheduled to take effect from Friday October 1, 2021 as the current rate for the same aircraft type is $330
The Airline Operators of Nigeria, (AON) and the Ailine Operators Council, (AOC) which are the umbrella bodies for local and foreign airlines had earlier petitioned the committee for its intervention over the new rate which they considered as cut throat.
This promoted the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation to summon the Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) Captain Musu Nuhu, and the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigera, Captain Rabiu Yadudu who asked to bring along with the Association of Aircraft Grand Handlers of Nigeria, (AGHAN) and the International Air Transport Association, (IATA) for a meeting with the committee on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 to explain the rationale for the astronomical increase.
The chairman of the committee Honourable Nnaji in his opening remarks stressed that the committee was concerned that the new rate would eventually be transfered to the end users, (,Passengers) as it would likely reflect in air fare.
The gap between the old rate and new rate he noted, “appears too high and does not support any economic logic and economy of scale”
After deliberations on the submissions by all parties, the committee unanimously agreed that the meeting be adjourned till next Wednesday, October 6th for further deliberations on the submissions made by all parties and for the Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu who was said to be out of the country to attend in person.
The committee was of the view that was need to ensure that an amicable resolution is reached by all interest groups.