Signing Agreement On 5%TSC Deduction Now Condition For AOC Issuance
To avoid the unnecessary development and growth of indebtedness to Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) by emerging and existing airlines, the NCAA Director General, Capt. Musa Nuhu says airlines are now required to sign the tripartite agreement for automatic deduction of the charge before they can be issued with an Airline Operators’ Certificate (AOC) allowed to renew an existing one.
Speaking yesterday during an interactive session with members of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) at the agency’s Aviation House, Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, Nuhu said “on the 5% ticket charge, almost all the airlines have integrated. What we have done now is, if you are coming in, we are not going to give you an AOC until you sign the tripartite agreement for the automatic deduction to save all the wahala, so we don’t start arguing after six months. If you are going to renew too, we ensure that you must have signed that. We have stopped the growth of the debt.
For the legacy debt, we are working with the operators to come out with plans and a lot of them have complied and very soon, we are going to start talking to them one by one on how to settle their whole debt. We know we are all in difficult times. So, we can’t say give us all our money. But also, you have to bring a responsible plan on how you want to settle this amount. So, of all the airlines, maybe one or two are in the process of doing it. So, that should not be an issue.”
Nuhu said a reconciliation meeting on the legacy debt is ongoing. “There is this reconciliation meeting ongoing with the airlines and I have to thank Chairman and Vice Chairman of AON. They came to meet us and extended an olive branch and we are working on that.”