The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation says, arrangements have been concluded to have a close door meeting with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on the new safety threshold handling rates for domestic and foreign airlines.
The new handling rates approved by the NCAA for Ground Handling Companies in the aviation industry billed to commence first of October was temporarily been put on hold as advised by the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation during one of its meetings with stakeholders.
This came on the heels of the petition to the Committee by the Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON and Airlines Operators Committee, AOC for its intervention over the new rate.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Nnaji Nnolim at a meeting today with the representatives of the Aviation Ground Handling Association of Nigeria (AGHAN), Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Airline Operators Committee (AOC), International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and NCAA in Abuja said, the meeting with the regulatory agency was necessary because of the importance of the new rates.
Mr. Nnaji promised that, the committee would continue to protect the interest of Nigeria and business entities operating in the country.
”The meeting with the Director-General of NCAA is important because we believe his inputs is necessary for us to take a decision. The issue at hand is very important for the growth of the Nigerian civil aviation industry”.
”Whatever we are going to come out with as a committee will be for the good of the industry.”
However, no new date had been fixed for the continuation on the hearing on the matter but the Committee Chair assured that, the committee would reconvene soon.