the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), landing and parking fees for both local and foreign airlines operating in Nigeria have not increased.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Managing Director, FAAN, said this during a press briefing on Monday in Ikeja while meeting with journalists.
The FAAN chief denied any plans to raise fees for airline operators in response to media claims that the Authority had done so.
Yadudu said a media report that FAAN had increased charges for airline operators was false, and it was not
the immediate plan of the agency to do so.
- “The report is wrong and misleading; FAAN has not increased landing and parking charges.
- “We have not increased landing and parking charges for international airline operators since 2002 and that was when tickets were going for N300,000, not now that they are going for thousands of dollars.
- “Domestic land and parking was last reviewed in 2012 when tickets were being sold for N6000; now tickets are being sold for N100,000.
- “Actually, there are more than enough reasons for FAAN to increase, because in 2012 tickets were going for between N6000 and N7000, and we have not reviewed since.
- “It is important to caution that we need to be careful with what we read and those sending out the news should always cross check their facts.
- “We do not enjoy coming out to refute disinformation, we do not enjoy it at all. The fact remains that we have not increased our charges and we do not plan to do it this year,” he said.
He added that if FAAN planned to increase fares, the operators would be told, acknowledging that the new MMIA terminal was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to reposition the aviation sector and make passengers enjoy exciting travelling experience.
NCAA also wades in
Meanwhile, Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), also said he is not aware of any new charges, citing he has not authorised any increase in charges.
- “The last time NCAA reviewed charges was 10 years ago because NCAA operates on a policy of costs recovery.
- “We don’t charge people to make profits; what we charge is what we spend in providing services. That is what we charge to recover for those services.
- “And you can imagine if you are charging N5,000 ten years ago, calculate the inflationary pressure and the devaluation of the naira, we are actually recovering costs, we are providing services to the industry at subsidised rate,” he said.
He added that there was need to consider the review of the existing charges as the agency was in need of resources to continue to provide services, as the NCAA depended on the revenue it was generating, and not the government, to provide services.