From Amara Justice
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that there is no special for any airline on thee five per cent (5%) Ticket and Cargo sales charges (TSC) remitted by airlines to the Authority.
This is just as Arik Air yesterday joined the automation platform of making it the fifth carrier to join the platform.
Others are Medview, Overland, Aero and Dana Air.
The platform essentially deducts at source the five per cent (5%) Ticket and Cargo sales charges (TSC) accruing to the NCAA.
At the presentation of the signed automation Agreement at the NCAA headquarters, the Director General, NCAA, Captain Muktar Usman said the deduction was in line with the provision of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs).
He said the automation system ensures transparency and urged other airlines yet to do so to urgently reconsider their decision.
Usman observed that everyone expects efficiency from the regulatory Authority and thus it was necessary to do what was expected of them to help the authority succeed.
He explained that the 5% TSC was shared between five agencies namely, the NCAA, the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT) Zaria, the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), adding that the NCAA does not take money from government but generates its revenue internally from these charges.
He emphasised that the step taken by Arik to join other airlines who had joined the platform was a sign of a continuous working relationship, stressing that there must be synergy between the operators and the regulatory agency.
According to Usman, all airlines have the same level playing field, pays what was due and no exemption had been given to anyone, adding that no special waiver had been given to any airline on the charges because charges were split in the Civil Aviation Act 2006.
” Coming on the platform means transparency, more efficiency, less time spent on reconciliation. we want to use this opportunity to encourage others that are not fully in complaint to do, we do not like to force people to come and do so. The 5% charges are meant to take care of five agencies – NCAA, NAMA, AIB, NCAT and NIMET. Of the five agencies, the Civil Aviation Authority demands on the 5% as its internally generated revenue and does not take money from the federal government.”
“We depend on this to run this organisation. I want to congratulate Arik for this bold step,” he added.
Responding, Arik Air Managing Director, Captain Roy IIegbodu, said Arik Air was committed to associating with the future and believed that this was a step in the right direction.
He noted that automation was all about technology and that the airline supports technology and would continue to join all parties in the industry to develop technology.
“One of the thing I would like to say is that the team that worked with us was very supportive, they work through last year and this year, it is not an easy task, automation itself is complex. We will continue to do our utmost to support the growth of aviation in Nigeria.”
Director, Air Transport Regulation NCAA, Group Captain Edem Oyo-Ita (rtd) said, Arik had proven that they are sincere in what they were doing and urged them to also look at the reduction in airfares with the recent removal of 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on shared transportation by the federal government.