NCAA warns for­eign air­lines over sale of tick­ets in dol­lars

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Lagos

The Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Agency (NCAA) has warned for­eign air­lines to de­sist from the sale of their tick­ets in dol­lars.

The agency said that the ac­tion con­tra­vened reg­u­la­tions of the Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria (CBN) guid­ing pric­ing of goods and ser­vices in the coun­try.

It was learnt that the NCAA has been in­un­dated with re­ports of for­eign air­lines de­mand­ing dol­lars from clients, es­pe­cially travel man­age­ment com­pa­nies (TMCs), be­fore is­su­ing them tick­ets.

Some tour op­er­a­tors said that many for­eign air­lines charged fares in dol­lars mainly be­cause they could not repa­tri­ate their fund as a re­sult of the na­tion’s re­stric­tive for­eign ex­change pol­icy.

The NCAA, Sun­day, warned all air­lines sell­ing flight tick­ets in dol­lars to de­sist from doing so.

The NCAA, in a state­ment is­sued by its spokesman, Mr Sam Adurog­boye, said that the CBN cir­cu­lar is­sued on April 17, 2015, di­rected thus: “Pric­ing of any prod­uct shall con­tinue to be in Naira only and it is il­le­gal to price or de­nom­i­nate the cost of any prod­uct or ser­vice (vis­i­ble or in­vis­i­ble) in any for­eign cur­rency.

“The author­ity is dis­turbed by re­ports that some for­eign air­lines are de­clin­ing to ac­cept Nige­ria’s lo­cal cur­rency-the Naira as pay­ment for tick­ets. Some for­eign air­lines have bla­tantly re­sorted to sell­ing tick­ets only in for­eign cur­rency. This act is con­sid­ered in­sen­si­tive to pas­sen­gers who have elected on their own vo­li­tion to choose the air­lines for their travel.

“This is also con­trary to the pro­vi­sions of the Bi­lat­eral Air Ser­vices Agree­ment (BASA) be­tween Nige­ria and other coun­tries as con­tained in Ar­ti­cle 8 (4).”

The state­ment said that the NCAA has warned erring air­lines “to im­me­di­ately com­ply with the pro­vi­sions of BASA and CBN di­rec­tive”, adding: “Sales of tick­ets and ser­vices should, hence­forth, be of­fered to air trav­ellers in Naira with­out fur­ther de­lay.”

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