The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has directed all airlines, domestic and charter, operating in the country to pay all unremitted funds accruable to the agency within two months.
The NCAA also directed that the automation of payments to the agency by airlines, which offers real-time transparent transactions, must be completed within two months.
NCAA says it will put an end to the endless reconciliation of data and reduce high debt profile of airlines to the regulator.
The directives were given in Lagos on Wednesday at a meeting with airline operators on non-remittance of five per cent ticket, cargo and charter sales charges.
According to a statement by the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, the Director General of the agency, Capt. Muhtar Usman, presided over the meeting, which had top officials of the agency and representatives of the airlines in attendance.
Muhtar was quoted as saying that the TSA and TCA are collected at source from passengers by airlines on behalf of the Federal Government, to enable all aviation agencies carry out their responsibilities of providing safe, secure and efficient regulatory services for the overall benefits of all aviation stakeholders.
He reiterated that it is therefore important that airlines desist from using the funds, which they hold in trust.
Muhtar said, “the TSA/TCA automation of payments, which offers real-time transparent transactions must be completed within two months to remove endless reconciliation of data.
“The 5 per cent TSC be On gross ticket excluding VAT and passenger service charge only.”
Some of the resolutions of the meeting include that, going forward, all airlines must provide to NCAA the breakdown of the recently introduced ‘taxes+fees’ component on all passenger tickets, which include the amount due to each government agency.
The agencies and the corresponding charges are the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria – passenger service charge; the Federal Inland Revenue Services – five per cent VAT; and the NCAA – five per cent ticket sales charges.
The meeting also resolved that any add-on charge, surcharge (fuel surcharges) or miscellaneous charges to be added on passenger ticket by airlines must be approved by the agency.
After deliberations, Capt Chimara Imediegwu of First Nation Airline, who led the operators’ delegation, asked for adjournment till next week Wednesday, April 27, to enable the airlines hold further consultations on timelines for the agreements and implementations.