The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has advised the public and all aviation stakeholders to disregard the misguided attempt to discredit statistical data emanating from the Authority.
The agency in a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye, stated that NCAA stands by its statistics, adding that the figures are verifiable and are harmonised by all relevant aviation parastatals, government agencies and handling companies.
The statement said, “The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) wishes to advise the public and all aviation stakeholders to disregard the misguided attempt to discredit statistical data emanating from the Authority.
“It is therefore important for the public to be aware that there is a disparity between NCAA’s data collection basis and FAAN’s. In addition, 5% Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) is not based on the total tickets sold but only on flown tickets.
“On the other hand, FAAN computes its Passenger Service Charge (PSC) on all categories of passengers flying through the airport.
Furthermore, 5% TSC applies to all tickets originating from Nigeria with the exclusion of Diplomats, Tickets sold offshore, infants tickets and staff tickets. These are all classified as non-taxable tickets.
“Please note that tickets sold by National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) and Airlines do not translate to taxable tickets until it is utilised by the passenger.”
The Authority also stateed categorically, that there is no consultant(s) commissioned to collect its revenue on its behalf, adding that Payments have since been automated while the processing and data analysis for both international and domestic airlines are handled by NCAA staff.
The agency noted that the Automation process is a transparent system that obtains billable data directly from the reservation system of the airlines.
On the international route, it NCAA said the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is responsible for billing and collection of revenue which is remitted into NCAA TSA account.
“This is the global practice as charged by member states (airlines) to ensure coherent fare structure to prevent exploitative and monopolistic tendencies of the airlines.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) therefore wishes to assure Nigerians that our statistical data undergoes due diligence and the integrity can be ascertained before it is published,” NCAA said.
By Patrick Aigbokhan