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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered Ethiopian Airlines to stop taking deportation charges from Nigerians travelling to South Africa, saying it may be forced to welding the big stick.

The agency said the refundable deportation fee which is between $75 and $150 collected before boarding from passengers without valid South African visa or a return ticket is illegal and unauthorised.

In a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, NCAA said it found out that all outbound passengers to South Africa from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, transiting through Addis Ababa, were liable to pay $75 or $150 if their transiting time was 24 hours.

NCAA claimed that while passengers were not given prior notice concerning these charges before arriving at the airports, some were made to sign undertaken to be responsible for all expenses incurred if deported.

The statement said “Consequent upon this, the Ethiopian Airlines’ country management was summoned by the NCAA, where they claimed the fees were always refunded when a passenger was not deported. The regulatory authority has found this unacceptable and viewed it as a violation of extant regulations,” Adurogboye said.

It added further the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) Part 18.4.1(iii), all air carriers must obtain approval from the NCAA to introduce or increase add-on charges or surcharges prior to implementation.

“Till date, the authority has not received any request for fare increase, tariff or add-ons from the airline. On this strength, Ethiopian Airlines has been ordered to stop with immediate effect these illegal charges.

“The airline could take advantage of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CAR) and obtain necessary approvals from the authority if it has genuine grounds to increase fares or obtain tariffs.”

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