NCAA Defends Five per cent Ticket Sales Charge
As stakeholders harp on integrity in sector
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has defended the mandatory five per cent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) it collects through the operators, saying it has no connection with the financial distress faced by some domestic airlines.
NCAA, which is the apex regulatory authority in the sector, said contrary to claims by operators, the passengers rather than airlines are charged and must be sustained as mandated by the law.
In a related development, stakeholders have identified the dearth of integrity and transparency as one of the fundamental reasons the sector is in dire straits.
The concerned parties, made up of operators, regulators, consultants and keen observers, at an aviation integrity summit organised by Aviation Monitor Limited in Lagos, levied sharp practices against some operators and regulator that have further set the air travel business on the back foot. Director General of the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, noted that the operational guidelines were clear on the charges and in fact entrusts in the hands of operators to collect the charges for the sustenance of the operating environment.
Usman noted that section 12 (1) of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 says that there shall continue to be a five per cent air ticket contract, charter and cargo sales charge to be collected by the airlines and paid over to the Authority.
Emirates Revamps Corporate Loyalty Programme
Emirates has revamped its corporate loyalty programme, Emirates Business Rewards, to provide greater value and added features for customers.
The new programme has been simplified and made more competitive to allow for easier redemptions and upgrades even on last minute bookings.
One of the biggest features in the newly improved programme is the ability to use Business Rewards Points to book any commercially available seat at any time giving members cash-like convenience.
Emirates is the first and only airline in the region to offer such flexibility as part of its corporate loyalty programme – improving cost-effectiveness for business travel.
ABX Joins League of Global Agro Freight ServicesAir Business Express Limited (ABX world), an indigenous agro-allied solutions provider, has joined Global Good Agricultural Practice (Global G.A.P), which sets worldwide standards for safe and sustainable agriculture.
Global G.A.P, in a letter signed by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Kristian Moeller, attested that ABX World has become part of producers and suppliers members who demonstrate their commitment to fully comply with the Global G.A.P.
Speaking on the achievement, Managing Director of ABX World, Capt. John Okakpu, expressed delight over the Global G.A.P membership status, adding that the feat would help place Nigeria in the global agricultural export map.
Okakpu said that ABX World is the new face of agro-allied export in the country and fashioned to train farmers, and others within the logistics and supply chain.
FAAN Woos Cargo Operators, others to Enugu Airport
As Dunoma tasks staff on diligence
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has urged airline operators, service providers and the business community to take advantage of the new freight opportunities now available at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The authority’s invite is on the heels of international cargo operations that has since commenced at the Enugu airport with weekly flight by Ethiopian Airlines.
In a related development, the Managing Director (MD) of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, has urged workers in airports across the country to rededicate themselves to place FAAN at the highest pedestal and among organisations that have excelled against all odds.
Dunoma said that the new export window provides opportunities for start-ups and cargo related businesses especially in perishable and non perishable produce. He said: “This will enable our people participate in the export market, earn foreign exchange and contribute to the GDP of the country,” adding that FAAN has put in place, processes and procedures to sustain its commitment to safety, security and passenger comfort.