NCAA bars airlines from accumulating debts on 5% ticket sales, cargo charges

The Nigerian Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that it had stopped airlines and ground handlers growing their debts on the mandatory five per cent Ticket Sales Charges (TSC) and Cargo Sales Charges (CSC).

The Director General, NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, made known during an interactive session with the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC), in his Lagos office on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in line with the Aviation Act 2006, NCAA is saddled with the collection of five per cent sales charge on all tickets originating the cargo operations and charter/contract flights.

Nuhu explained that NCAA had attached the payment to the issuance and renewal of Airline Operators Certificate (AOC) to new and operators to put a stop to the increasing debt of the airlines and ground handlers.

The director general explained that new airline operators were made to sign a tripartite agreement that the charges would automatically be deducted them to avoid the problems associated with the payment of the charges in the past.

He said: “Almost all the airlines operating in the country have integrated to the automatic deduction of the five per cent ticket charges.

“What we have done now is that if you are coming in, not going to give you an Airline Operators Certifcate (AOC) until you sign the tripartite agreement for the automatic deduction so we don’t start arguing after six months.

“In the same vein, airlines that are seeking for AOC renewal are mandated to sign the automatic deduction to stop the debt profile increasing.

On the legacy debts by the airlines, Nuhu said NCAA understood that the airlines, like stakeholders in the industry, were passing through hard times.

The director general said the operators would not be forced to their debts at once, but they had to come up with plans on how to the debts without allowing a growth.

He added that NCAA was working with the operators to come out with plans and a lot of them have complied and very soon they were going to start talking to them one by one on how to settle their whole debts.

“We know all in times, so we can’t say give us all our money but also you have to bring a reasonable plans on how you want to settle amount,” the DG said.

Nuhu said the legacy debts would be reconciled and agreed upon with the affected airlines before the payment plans would be fully activated.

The director general also commended officials of Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON) for their at addressing the payment of the debts. (NAN)