The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed the International Air Transport Association (IATA) not to accredit forthwith any agency without NCAA’s Certificate of Registration.
The NCAA directed that all IATA accredited agents have sixty (60) days within which to register and obtain NCAA’s Certificate of Registration, warning that the ultimatum commenced from 7th May, 2019.
A statement signed by the general manager public relations of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, stated that the Authority will continue to carry out its regulatory oversight in all facets of air transport operations with all the seriousness that is required.
The NCAA warned that any travel agency operating in Nigeria and is yet to register is clearly violating extant Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations.
Adurogboye noted in the statement that the controversy in certain quarters of absence of legislation concerning the registration of travel agencies is misguided.
According to him, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) confers power on NCAA to register and issue certificates to travel agencies without which no travel agency shall operate in Nigeria.
“Part 18.9.1 (iii) of (Nig.CARs) unequivocally and incontrovertibly states that no person shall undertake the business of travel agency in Nigeria without obtaining a Certificate or License issued by the NCAA.
As a corollary to this, Part 22.214.171.124 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) 2015 states that all travel agencies shall register with the Authority after fulfilling the necessary requirements specified in IS126.96.36.199 (iii) to these regulations.
“The Civil Aviation Act. 2006, Part IX, Section 30 (4) (a) inter-alia empowers the Authority to regulate, supervise and monitor the activities of Travel and other Aviation Agents operating in Nigeria.
To join the IATA BSP, Part 188.8.131.52. of the NCARs states that All registered Travel Agencies shall join and trade on IATA BSP Platform,” Adurogboye explained.
He observed that the fulfilment of the aforementioned regulation Part 184.108.40.206 is a mandatory requirement for IATA to accept a travel agency on its BSP platform.
The NCAA spokesman noted that it is after registration that a Travel Agent can commence business on the IATA BSP platform.
He maintained that the NCAA is taking concerted steps to instil sanity and orderliness into the operations of travel agencies in Nigeria.
He said the Authority will be collaborating with IATA to provide a robust regulatory oversight on this sector of aviation downstream operations.