Nigeria eyes $98m in 6 months from airline ticket charges

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria. Photo : RR

Addis Abeba (ADV) – Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) officials have announced that between August and December 2018, the outfit could double the US$49.2 million it has earned from charges on ticket sales.

NCAA’s boss, Capt. Muktar Usman, said that $16.98million (about N6.11 billion) was nested from the international airlines while N9.16 billion was roped in from local airlines.

The five percent TSC is the charges levied on passengers and collected in trust by the airlines for remittance to the government to ensure facilitation at the airports, Usman said Sunday.

He explained that air travel demand as projected by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) would continue to grow with more connectivity.

As the second position in Africa in the July 2018 passenger traffic, Nigeria recorded a 6.8 percent increase, and this could be surpassed with direct link connectivity within the continent, he said.

There is a projection that aviation in Africa is growing and the rate of growth is one of the highest in the world. We lack that internal connectivity within the African region.

“Once those sectors are developed, Africa can witness an increase in the movements for example, if you want to go to Niger as of today, you hardly have any direct link even though airlines have been designated,” media reports quoted him as saying.

He further explained that there had been an increase in travel activities since the country came out of recession and that there would be further increase before the end of the year.

“Yes certainly, passenger traffic is going up, do not forget that we came out of recession, but during the recession, so many things happened.

“Now that the economy is out of the recession a lot of commercial activities are taking place, so people are being more empowered which is being reflected in the movement of passengers,” he concluded.

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