As the new directive from the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) announcing a new price regime for all private airlines operating in the country took effect from Tuesday, Private Jet owners in the country yesterday began an indefinite strike to protest the development.
NAMA, in a circular dated November 18, 2013, and signed by its director of operations, Mr J.C. Onyegiri, on behalf of the managing director, Mazi Nnamdi Udoh, all foreign registered aircraft engaging in non-scheduled operations were directed to pay the sum of $3,000 fees for every departure except round trips without changes in passenger manifest or return ferry. Such fees, NAMA explained, must be paid in advance and before any departure.
Also affected by the same directive are all Nigerian registered aircraft engaging in non-scheduled operations but their fees were pegged at $2,500.
According to the circular, the fees shall include landing, parking, navigational and terminal navigational charges and shall be in respect of the first 10 hours after which additional parking charges may apply.
Before now, the tariff on private jet or charter operations was not unified as each agency was expected to collect its own fees.
It was learnt that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) collects tariffs on landing and parking, while the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) charges its navigational fees which is based on their operations.
Justifying the latest tariff regime, NAMA spokesperson, Supo Atobatele said it was introduced as a means of increasing the revenue generation of aviation agencies.