Nigeria to sanction Lufthansa, 29 foreign carriers over refusal to join automation platform
London, September 21, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given 31st of December, 2018 deadline to all the foreign Airlines that are yet to join the automation platform for the remittance of five percent Ticket Sales Charge/Cargo Sales Charge[TSC/CSC] to do so or face severe sanctions.
This was contained in a letter dated September 14 which was sent to the affected airlines.
A statement by the NCAA spokesman, Mr. Sam Adurogboye disclosed that 30 airlines were involved including Lufthansa and 29 African carriers operating in Nigeria under the existing Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA).
Domestic carriers had been captured in the automation system after several ultimatums were issued.
The Federal Government had introduced the Aviation Revenue Automation Project (ARAP) for revenue collection to engender data integrity, transparency, transaction accountability and control of revenue to the Authority in 2011 which is at no cost to airline operators.
The NCAA also noted that domestic carriers had complied up to 97 per cent in automating their system.
But the agency is angry that after several reminders and letters to the 30 foreign airlines, they are yet to comply.
This was why another letter signed by the Director of Air Transport Regulation [DATR], Grp. Capt Edem Oyo-Ita, rtd, on behalf of the Director-General, Capt. Mukhtar Usman was despatched to them to comply before December 31 or face sanction.
The DG also appealed to other domestic airlines that are yet to join to take steps to be integrated on the platform by working with First Bank of Nigeria (FBN)/Avitech for immediate and automatic processing and implementation of the project or face sanction.