FG Gives Airlines 25Days Ultimatum on Aviation Charges Payment Automation 

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Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen

 

 

The Federal Government (FG) in a bid to put an end to Airlines indebtedness to Aviation Agencies arising from the 5per cent Ticket Sales Charge/Cargo Sales Charge(TSC/CSC) has set 1st January 2017, as the deadline for Airlines operating in the country to automate their remittance and payment systems forthwith.

A statement issued by the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said that the automation system is being introduced to ensure transparency, accurate billing and prompt  payments of charges due  from the Airlines to in line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) 2015, Vol.2, Part 18.12.5.

According to the statement, NCARs 2015 states thus; “all domestic and international airlines operating in Nigeria shall forward to the Authority through an electronic platform provided by the Authority, all relevant documents such as flown coupons, passenger or cargo manifest, air way bills, load sheets, clients’ service invoices and other documents necessary for accurate billing within forty – eight (48) hours after each flight”.

NCAA noted that this directive has the full backing of the Federal Government for full implementation and strict compliance.

The statement further explained that implementation of the directive became necessary after due consultations with the Airlines and other stakeholders on the desirability of the operators to join the automation platform for the collection of 5 per centvTSC/CSC on the airlines operations.

The statement said,  “It follows therefore that the Airlines are by this directive requested to join the platform on or before 1st of January 2017 or face appropriate sanctions in event of failure.

“In addition, the operators are  further mandated to work with First Bank of Nigeria FBN / AVITECH (FG approved NCAA Consultant on the automation)  for the purpose of immediate implementation.

In as much as it is not the plan of the Authority to regulate any Airline out of existence, NCAA would  no longer be prepared to tolerate non remittance of its dues again as such a conducted would be viewed seriously.”

 

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