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Nigerian airlines decry high operating cost

Airline Operators Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to review the charges paid by its members in order to reduce their high cost of operation.

General Secretary of the association, Mr Mohammed Joji, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that high operating cost was a challenge facing the aviation industry in Nigeria.

Joji stated that airline operators in the country were burdened with multiple charges, which included five per cent ticket sale charge, landing and parking charge as well as passenger service charge and en-route navigational charge.

According to him, aside the charges mentioned, airlines are also subjected to paying Value Added Tax to the Federal Inland Revenue Service, which he described as abnormal.

He added, “The issue of multiple charges is a major challenge facing local airline operators, because the charges are so numerous and have significantly affected airlines’ operations.

“For instance, we pay five per cent charge for passenger’s ticket, which is a compulsory payment for every operator.

“For the operators to survive in the business, there is the need for the government to harmonise some of these charges in the overall interest of the sector.

“The charges are not good for the industry as a whole, and we urge the government to find ways of addressing this issue which has become a major challenge to us.”

Joji identified another challenge of the industry as the high cost of aviation fuel (JET-A1), which is currently being sold at between N160 and N170 per litre.

He added that the aviation fuel, whose price was usually cheaper than the prices of petrol and diesel, was hitherto sold at N40 per litre.

According to him, the marketers have taken advantage of the deregulation of the downstream sector to reap additional proceeds, describing this as illegal and immoral.


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