AON calls on members to boycott charges

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore November 4, 2013 11:30

AON calls on members to boycott charges

The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) have called their members to boycott all remittances to remittances payable to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other relevant aviation bodies. AON states that the numerous charges had the potential to cripple their operations and have requested the federal government intervene to stop the high charges imposed by various aviation agencies in the aviation industry.

Such charges include: security charges, landing and parking charges, remittance of five per cent taxes on every ticket sold, fuel tax, multiple navigational charges, airport tax, very expensive office spaces among other numerous taxes.

However aviation spokesman Yakubu Datti has insisted that the charges are based on those in other countries: “The charges are based on International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) which is the world body that regulates airline business. Airline business is global; there are no local rules for Nigeria. All Charges are within the confines of the regulations of ICAO. Our local airlines that fly to other countries also pay some charges on these airports. So, it’s not different, we regulate along the confines of international conventions. When you go to Europe or America you pay landing fee, you pay parking fee, and these are normal charges. You pay tax for the airport.”

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore November 4, 2013 11:30
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