Nigerian Senate Asks Agency To Drop New Charges On Private Airlines

The Nigerian Senate has asked the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to suspend the new charges it imposed on private airline operators in the country.

The Senate committee on Aviation gave this directive after a meeting with the management of NAMA and airline operators at the National Assembly on Monday.

Members of the committee asked the agency to ensure that proper consultation with relevant operators was done before setting fresh charges.

Nigerian airline operators at the meeting with the Senate committee described the new price regime as unpatriotic and discriminatory.

According to the new regime of charges rolled out by NAMA in August, foreign airline operators engaged in non-scheduled operations would pay $4,000 for every flight departure while Nigerian airliners engaged in non-scheduled operations would pay $3,000.

However, the agency later reviewed the charges downward in November, saying foreign airliners departing Nigeria would henceforth pay $3, 000 while local aircraft on non-scheduled operations would pay $2,500.

NAMA Boss Says Nigerian Airspace Is Safer

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nnamdi Udoh has reassured travellers of a safer air travel in the country.

Mr Udoh, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, advised travellers that boarded an aircraft that could not land due to poor weather condition to “walk up to the pilot and inquire why he did not get destination weather, did he not get briefed on weather before departure?”

He said this is important “because it is now mandatory for every pilot to go and get from the aeronautical information services’ operational office weather briefs, enroute and destination to be able to fly comfortably and arrive safely.”

Mr Udoh said the Nigerian aviation industry is compliant with the global standards as far as metrological information is concerned.

“The Nigerian Metrological Agency, recently got ISO9001 certified so you must be sure that the data our metrological agency gives out are correct,” he said.

The NAMA boss said a second development that has restored confidence in the country’s airspace is the strengthening of air traffic regulations by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

He said, “The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has strengthen its general aviation arm; has strengthen its ramp inspection in ensuring that airlines do maintenance as required and are properly supervised.”

Watch the full video with Mr Udoh, who listed other criteria for expressing confidence in Nigeria air travel.