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Considering what they refer to as official ambiguity, the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has called for the suspension of automation of revenue remittance by airlines to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
According to them, they need full explanation and analysis of all constituting parameters that amount to the five per cent Ticket and Cargo Sales Charge.
Chairman of the group, Capt. Nogie Meggison made the appeal on behalf of airline operators in the country during a press conference in Lagos, saying AON has no problem with the Authority going ahead to automate the collection and remittance of the said charges, but the agency needs to give clarification on what constitutes the five per cent Ticket and Cargo sales Charge five per cent TSC.
According to him, “Such charges are only applicable on NUC fare in compliance with industry practice and as currently applicable to international carriers operating out of Nigeria”/
“AON members are currently remitting the five per cent TSC charges and it is on record that NCAA introduced financial clearance process for services over the last year.
Meggison also noted that upon the regularity of his members payment, infrastructure and service level expected form the agency have continued to deteriorate across all facets of the industry.
He said “This is wrong and discriminatory and also against ICAO Non-Discriminatory policy. As per a recommendation adopted by the ICAO Council, States are encouraged to incorporate the four key charging principles of non-discrimination, cost-relatedness, transparency and consultation with users into their national legislation, regulation or policies, as well as into their future air services agreements”.