We’ve not or­dered air­lines to raise fares - NCAA

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

The Nige­ria Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (NCAA) has de­nied a re­port that the agency had or­dered air­line op­er­a­tors to in­crease their fares.

The NCAA said all air­lines’ tar­iffs for their ser­vices in­clud­ing fares, rates, add-on charges or terms and con­di­tions of ser­vice were fully lib­er­alised and sub­ject to mar­ket forces.

The avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tory author­ity made the clar­i­fi­ca­tion over re­ports in the me­dia that NCAA had au­tho­rised air­lines to in­crease their fares.

A state­ment signed by the Gen­eral Man­ager, Pub­lic Re­la­tions of NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurog­boye, how­ever ex­plained that all op­er­a­tors were re­quired to no­tify the author­ity of any in­crease in fare or add-on charges.

It added that all air car­ri­ers or their agent shall “file with the author­ity a tar­iff for that ser­vice show­ing all rates, fares and add-on charges, in­clud­ing the terms and con­di­tions of free and re­duced rate trans­porta­tion for that ser­vice, as spec­i­fied in IS.18.14.1.1.

They are to “ob­tain ap­proval from the author­ity to in­tro­duce and or in­crease add-on charges or sur­charges such as fuel, in­ter­net book­ing, in­sur­ance, se­cu­rity and sim­i­lar sur­charges, prior to im­ple­men­ta­tion”.

It said: “The Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (NCAA) will there­fore ap­prove the fares ac­cord­ingly. Prior to the ap­proval, all fares filed with the author­ity are sub­jected to break even and anal­y­sis.”

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