By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Not less than N15.27 billion was generated as revenue from the Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) in the past eight months by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) just as statistics released by NCAA revealed that passenger traffic in the past eight months had hit 2.4 million.
At a news briefing on Sunday in Lagos, Director General of NCAA, Capt. Muktar Usman, disclosed that the TSC was collected from both the International and local airlines operators in the country.
While N6.11 billion was made from the international airlines, a total of N9.16 billion was collected from local operators.
The NCAA chief said, “The amount is recorded between the month of January and August this year through our automation system.
“It is expected that the amount to be collected by the NCAA will be more than double before the end of the year as passenger traffic increases.”
According to him, air travel demand as projected by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) would continue to grow with more connectivity.
Mr Usman said that as the second position in Africa in the July 2018 passenger traffic, Nigeria recorded 6.8 per cent increase, adding that this could be surpassed with direct link connectivity within the continent.
“There is a projection that aviation in Africa is growing and the rate of growth is one of the highest in the world. We lack that internal connectivity within the Africa region.
“Once those sectors are developed, Africa can witness increase in the movements for example, if you want to go to Niger as of today, you hardly have any direct link even though airlines have been designated,” he said.
Mr Usman said there had been increase in travel activities since the country came out of recession, adding that there would be further increase before the end of the year.
“Yes certainly, passenger traffic is going up, do not forget that we came out of recession, but during the recession so many things happened.
“Now that the economy is out of recession a lot of commercial activities are taking place, so people are being more empowered which is being reflected in the movement of passengers,” he said.
From the passenger traffic in the first eight months of this year, international passenger traffic showed that 10 of the airlines were carrying the traffic with Ethiopian airline taking the lead with over 134,104.
Emirates followed with 107, 217; British Airways recorded 86,249 while Turkish Airline recorded 70, 392 passengers.
Others are Air France with 70,144; KLM Royal Dutch recorded 63,990; Virgin Atlantic recorded 63,448; Delta Airline recorded 39,196; Qatar records 38,706 and South African Airways recorded 36,868 passengers.
Meanwhile for domestic passenger traffic, seven airlines are pulling their weight with Air Peace in the forefront with over 340,664 passengers.
Dana Air is trailing with 330, 370, AZMAN Air recorded 245,437 and Arik Air recorded 177,061 passengers.
Others are; Med-View Airline, 156,226; Aero Contractors 138,146 and Overland 78,166 passengers in the same period under review.
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