The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), on Sunday warned all airline operators to desist from arbitrarily increasing miscellaneous charges on ticket payment content or face sanction.
Sam Adurogboye, NCAA spokesperson in a statement that against this backdrop, the NCAA has directed that all airlines file any proposed add-on charges, surcharges or other miscellaneous charges with the Regulatory Authority.
He explained that in the procedure of filing same, all justifiable reasons for increment must be adduced in accordance with Parts 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.(i-iii) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) which relates to the approval of charges on all flights within Nigeria or originating from Nigeria to international routes.
As contained in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, (Nig.CARs) 184.108.40.206:
“In requesting for approval of any add-on charges or surcharge, an air carrier is required to provide justifiable basis for the proposed increment with a consideration of all relevant factors including a new linear rationalisation for the specific aggregated costs sought to be recovered and consumer interests.”
1n addition, 220.127.116.11. says, “when approving any application for an add-on charge or surcharge related to fuel, the Authority shall:
- Take into account changes in prices of aviation fuel, the relevant hedging policies of the air carrier, the justifications provided by the air carrier and other relevant factors;
- Ensure that the revenue so generated would not exceed the additional fuel costs borne by the airline operators during the corresponding period; and
- Approve on a short term basis, not exceeding a period of two (2) months in each instance.
“Therefore subsequently, NCAA wishes to notify all operators that any add-on charge, surcharge or any other miscellaneous added on passenger tickets without regulatory approval should cease forthwith. Any further breach would attract the appropriate sanctions”, he said.