NCAA gives debtor airlines two weeks ultimatum

THE management of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has threatened to publish names and amount being owed by each airline operating in the country within 14 days.

NCAA explained that the airlines had refused to remit the 14if the carriers failed to make the necessary five per cent Ticket Sales Charge and Cargo Sales Charge to it.

The General Manager of NCAA in charge of Public Affairs, Mr. Fan Ndunuoke in a statement said: “In a final notice to all airline operators, the regulatory authority has issued a two-week ultimatum to errant airlines”

Headed: “The NCAA will, therefore, take all measures contained therein to enforce the collection of the debts. In addition, the names of the debtor airlines and amounts owed shall be published in at least five national dailies.

“The names of the promoters of these airlines, directors and other related parties will be included in the publication upon the expiration of this ultimatum.”

He explained that the measures would be taken in line with the Federal Government’s directives on recovery of public debt.

According to NCAA, the offending airlines had failed to offset the accumulated debts despite several appeals,

“Importantly, the authority wishes to inform the general public that the five per cent ticket and cargo sales charges represent charges collected at source from the travelling public by airlines on behalf of civil aviation agencies.

“However, its non-remittance as at when due is tantamount to a breach of trust and a violation of the above provision. Therefore, the authority is issuing the ultimatum to the operators who have collected but failed to remit same to the authority to do that within two weeks.”