Local and international airlines paid over N12 billion to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as Ticket Sales Charge (TSC), which is the five per cent deductions from tickets sold by the airlines to passengers. Data gathered from the regulatory body indicated that local carriers paid NCAA the sum of N3.666 billion in 2011 and N3.42 billion in 2012; totalling N7.08 billion.
Also international airlines paid the sum of $14.36 million (N2.29 billion) in 2011, while NCAA received from the foreign carriers the sum of $16.76 million (N2.68 billion) in 2012; totalling N5.97 billion. The figures indicated that domestic airlines earned more revenue in 2011 than in 2012 and this is attributed to the slump in domestic air travel after the Dana Air tragic crash of Flight 0992 on June 3, 2012.
The data also invalidated the assumption that internatioinal carriers pay more charges to the aviation agencies than local carriers and the allegation that local operators are always indebted to the regulatory body and others.
Although these fees paid by the airlines help in sustaining the agencies, the International Civil Aviation Association (IATA) has urged African countries, including Nigeria to review downwards the aeronautical charges levelled against the airlines and devise ways to encourage non-aeronautical by building businesses around the airports to attract patronage from passengers and other airports users.