Posted by Sade Williams
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)has issued 60 days ultimatum to travel agencies to obtain register and obtain NCAA’s Certificate of Registration or stop operations.
A statement signed by NCAA spokesman, Mr. Sam Adurogboye said ultimatum commenced from 7th May, 2019.
“All IATA accredited agents have sixty (60) days within which to register and obtain NCAA’s Certificate of Registration. On the strength of this, IATA has been directed not to accredit forthwith any agency without NCAA’s Certificate of Registration.
“Any travel agency operating in Nigeria and is yet to register with the NCAA is clearly violating extant Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations”, the statements reads in part.
He noted that the controversy in certain quarters of absence of legislation concerning the registration of travel agencies is misguided, adding that the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) confers power on NCAA to register and issue certificates to travel agencies without which no travel agency shall operate in Nigeria.
According to him, Part 18.9.1 (iii) of (Nig.CARs) unequivocally and incontrovertibly states that no person shall undertake the business of travel agency in Nigeria without obtaining a Certificate or License issued by the NCAA.
“As a corollary to this, Part 184.108.40.206 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) 2015 states that all travel agencies shall register with the Authority after fulfilling the necessary requirements specified in IS220.127.116.11 (iii) to these regulations.
“The Civil Aviation Act. 2006, Part IX, Section 30 (4) (a) inter-alia empowers the Authority to regulate, supervise and monitor the activities of Travel and other Aviation Agents operating in Nigeria.
“To join the IATA BSP, Part 18.104.22.168. of the NCARs states that All registered Travel Agencies shall join and trade on IATA BSP Platform. It is important to note that the fulfilment of the aforementioned regulation Part 22.214.171.124 is a mandatory requirement for IATA to accept a travel agency on its BSP platform. However, it is after registration that a Travel Agent can commence business on the IATA BSP platform”, he added.
He said the NCAA is therefore taking concerted steps to instil sanity and orderliness into the operations of travel agencies in Nigeria, adding that the Authority will be collaborating with IATA to provide a robust regulatory oversight on this sector of aviation downstream operations.
“Therefore, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will continue to carry out its regulatory oversight in all facets of air transport operations with all the seriousness that is required”.