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NCAA defends figures on 2017 air passenger traffic, revenues

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has reaffirmed the veracity of the recently released 2017 statistical data on the aviation industry on passenger traffic and revenues earned by both domestic and international airlines.

In a recent presentation at the Aviation Round Table (ART) breakfast forum in Lagos, the regulatory authority said domestic and international airlines operating in Nigeria sold tickets worth N505.2 billion in 2017.

The regulatory body said it arrived at the figures after harmonization with FAAN and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), which also keep record of passenger movement and revenues generated.

In a statement issued on yesterday in reaction to the doubts on the authenticity of the figures by industry stakeholders and signed by its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, NCAA said the figures released were verifiable and no amount of push and shove “can cast aspersion on the agency’s figures.”

“The system and processes of generating and gathering data are in line with best practices and international standards. All stakeholders and the public are therefore advised to resist all attempts to create confusion and cast doubts on the figures. This is clearly a result of crass ignorance and the purveyors being too clever by half,” the agency said.

It explained that the process of generating data is as stipulated in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015 Part 18.12.5, which states that “all domestic and international airlines operating in Nigeria shall forward to the Authority through an electronic platform provided by the Authority, all relevant documents such as flown coupons, passenger or cargo manifests, air waybills, load sheets, clients’ service invoices and other documents necessary for accurate billing within 48 hours after each flight.”

In addition, as part of the billing requirements, the Authority said it collects billable data from airlines, photocopy of flown coupons and Post Departure Manifest (PDM) of international flight operations.

“All these are International Air Transport Association (IATA) documents which NCAA cannot influence,” the statement said.

According to the agency, “The Flown Coupons contain specific information required by IATA before billings are done and issued.” “These are Ticket Number, Name of Passenger, Ticket Sales Charge (TSC). It is noteworthy that the prerequisite NCAA 5 percent TSC paid by passengers is indicated on the ticket. These data are warehoused by NCAA and can be verified,” NCAA said.

NCAA also explained that the domestic billing process requires the airline to submit to the Authority its Passenger Departure Manifest (PDM) immediately after every flight departure, noting that it is from the recorded fares that 5 per cent TSC is calculated and the Automated Integrated System (AIS) therefore ensures authenticity between NCAA server and airlines.

“Similarly, the process of billing five percent Cargo Sales Charge (CSC) requires the airline to submit airways bill in accordance to the Nig.CARs. The weight and rate stated on the airway bill is used in the calculation of the CSC.

“However, it is pertinent to state that the statistics available for 5 percent CSC is not the same as the harmonized figures. Cargo data captures the total weight of the cargo (import and export), while NCAA chargeable weight is on export cargo only. Please note that foreign airlines with Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) do not pay royalty on cargo airlift, though the cargo weights are captured but not billable,” the statement added.

On international flights, NCAA said IATA provides support via Billing Settlement Plan (BSP) through its Clearing House, verification and direct collection of 5 percent TSC, remarking that all the above processes attest to the sanctity of the agency’s figures

  • With reports from Thisday

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