The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has given commercial airlines one month to enter a memorandum of understanding with it, on how they intend to pay outstanding levies owed or have their licenses suspended.
Director General of the NCAA, Musa Nuhu, made this known at a stakeholder meeting with the operators and heads of aviation agencies in Abuja.
The unpaid levies according to the NCAA stand at N19b and $7.6m,.which are charges imposed on passengers but unremitted to them.
The agency says it didn’t enforce the outstanding payment on the airlines due to the situation in the industry, but all that has now changed.
This is against the backdrop of a letter written to the aviation minister by the Airline Operators of Nigeria seeking an urgent review of multiple charges by the aviation agencies.
The airlines in the letter dated August 8th had complained of paying between 35% to 48% of ticket costs as charges to the agencies under gross statutory levies.
This is in addition to other charges including a 5% ticket sales charge, 5% cargo sales charge, passenger service charge, a charter sales charge, aircraft inspection fees, simulator inspection fees and landing charges which the operators claim are higher than that of other African countries.
The NCAA describes some claims in the operators’ letter as absolutely false as the country’s aviation levies are far less than what is charged in Ghana, as it hasn’t reviewed its levies in 13years.