By LAWANI MIKAIRU
Chairman, Ministerial Committee on Aeronautical , Non-Aeronautical and Passenger Charges, Mr Ahonsi Unuigbe has revealed that the Nigerian Aviation industry is plagued by multiple charges which have put unnecessary burden on the travelling public. This is one of the highlights of the findings of the Committee.
Making the Committee’s presentation at the launching of the “Aviation Commits Initiatives” in Lagos, Unuigbe said some key highlights of the Committee’s findings included “the fact that the aviation industry is plagued with multiple charges.
For example, there are over 50 different charges imposed by the three main Aviation Ministry parastatals which in some instances, are charged by the different agencies for the same services (a quick example is the imposition of both Port charges, as well as Cargo charges by FAAN on the same cargo).”
He also said with respect to passenger ticket charges, the basis of some of these charges, is not known and is quite arbitrary. “For example, the committee analysed the basis of computation of passenger tickets for four domestic airlines (namely, Arik, Dana, Medview and First Nation). The analysis shows that an amount ranging from 40% to 65% of the airfare is hidden as fuel surcharge (also known as YQ).”