The newly introduced general aviation charges in Nigeria are only for non-scheduled commercial operators and replace all previous charges, aviation authorities said on Monday.
By “non-scheduled commercial operators”, the Nigerian aviation authorities mean private jet owners who use their planes for commercial purposes.
Those who operate their jets for private business are exempted from these charges, authorities said.
The new charges “replace all previous charges such as the landing and parking fees, the en route navigational charges and the passenger service charge,” said Yakubu Dati, Coordinating General Manager, Corporate Communications, for Nigerian aviation agencies.
Dati who is also the spokesperson of the Federal Airports Authorities of Nigeria, FAAN, said Nigerian registered aircraft in this category would pay $3,000 or about N480,000 per flight while aircraft with foreign registered aircraft would pay $4,000 or about N640,000 per flight.
“In addition to the charges they replace, the new charges cover for newly introduced niche services for the category of clients, such as the use of the new General Aviation Terminal (GAT) facilities, including luxury VIP lounges, pilot lounges and crew rest rooms, as well as refreshments,” Dati said.
He said the introduction of the new charges is one of the key focus areas of the Federal Ministry of Aviation in its on-going industry transformation efforts.
“This clarification also indicated that the charges are not meant for everybody that has and operates private jets but for those who use it for commercial purposes, including those who use foreign registered and locally registered aircraft,” Dati said.
Meanwhile, NCAA has disclosed that 26 airlines in Nigeria own an Airline Operator Certificate, AOC.
They include Aero Contractors Company Nigeria Limited, Allied Air Limited, Arik Air Limited, Associated Aviation Limited and Atlantic Aviation Limited.
Others are Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited, Caverton Helicopters, Chanchangi Airlines Limited, Dana Airlines, Dornier Aviation Nigeria AIEP Limited, First Nation Airways (SS) Limited and Hak Air Limited.
This list also includes IRS Airlines Limited, Jed Air, Kabo Airlines Limited, King Airlines and Travel Limited, Max Air Limited, Med View Airlines Nigeria Limited and Odengene Air Shuttle Services Limited.
Also included are Overland Airways Limited, Pan African Airlines Nigeria, Skybird Air, Skyjet Aviation Services Limited, Skypower Express Airways Nigeria Limited, Topbrass Aviation Limited and West Link Airways.
Dati said this explanation became necessary because of the controversy raised by the introduction of the charges as many believed that they are blanked charges on all private jet operations.
Source: PM News