The federal authorities has permitted a brand new Security Threshold Floor Dealing with Fees for international and home airline operators, 35 years after the final modification.
A round signed by the Director-Basic of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, dated September 6, 2021, with the reference quantity: NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/315, and addressed to “All Airways and Floor Dealing with Firms” (international and native), with the topic: “Security Threshold Floor Dealing with Fees,” stated the brand new floor dealing with prices would take impact from October 1, 2021, for worldwide carriers and January 1, 2022, for home airline operators.
“All stakeholders are directed to make sure full compliance with the protection threshold floor dealing with prices.
“Any change to those prices have to be accomplished in formal session with and approval of the NCAA. Please be guided accordingly,” the round stated.
Each day Belief reviews that the approval issued by the NCAA is coming 35 years after the final modification was accomplished in 1986.
Since then, grand handlers have referred to as for changes to the charges.
With the approval, the fees have now been introduced at par with what’s obtainable in different African international locations.
Main dealing with companies, the Nigeria Aviation Dealing with Firm (NAHCO) PLC, Skyway Aviation Dealing with Firm (SAHCO), Precision Aviation Dealing with Firm (PAHCOL) and Swissport Dealing with Firm have now been empowered to cost extra.
The newly permitted charges are $1,500 and $5,000 (passenger and cargo flights) for slim and wide-body plane respectively, whereas home operators will now pay between N25, 000 and N70,000, relying on the plane kind.
Hitherto, dealing with charges in Nigeria hovered round $400 and $1,139 (slim physique) and $3,000 and $3,200 (large physique) which was the bottom in Africa.
Slender-body plane embrace Boeing B737, Airbus A320, ER 135 and ATR, whereas large physique plane are B767, A330, B777, B747 and B787.
Chairman, Affiliation of Floor Handlers of Nigeria (AGHAN), Mr Olaniyi Adigun, lauded the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and the NCAA -DG for granting the approval, assuring that AGHAN would put in place a mechanism for monitoring compliance.
“With the suitable pricing in dealing with charges, we will present high quality, environment friendly and protected service supply.
“We will compete with any service supplier steadily… To me, it is a new daybreak and a brand new growth that can inject extra lives into the business,” he stated.
Additionally talking, AGHAN Vice-Chairman, Mr Ahmed Bashir, stated the brand new security threshold dealing with cost would save the business from collapse as floor dealing with corporations had been just about heading to a precipice earlier than the NCAA’s intervention.
“The NCAA is aware of that each a part of our enterprise is capital intensive. And as everyone knows, security begins and ends on the bottom.
“You may have little or no management truly when the plane is within the air,” he stated.