…Sanctions 15 Pilots, Five Cabin Crew, Four Engineers, Others For Safety Breaches
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has disclosed that the total value of ticket sales for both domestic and international passengers in 2017 stood at ₦505,170,290,201.40.
This is just as the agency said it sanctioned 15 pilots, five cabin crew, four engineers and among others over safety issues.
A breakdown of the amount indicated that the ticket sales between January to December 2017 domestic stood at ₦93,605,725,508.60, while ticket sales for international passengers between January-December 2017 is ₦411,564,564,692.80.
The Director General of NCAA, Capt. Usman Muhtar, disclosed this while speaking today at the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI) Quarter 2 2018 Quarterly Business Breakfast Meeting (BBM) with the theme, “Evacuation of Safety and Security Performance of Aviation Agencies in the Last four Years”
He also stated that ₦79,482,958,601.60 was the value of ticket sales between January to December 2016 on the domestic scene, while international ticket sales for January to December of the same year ₦342,923,645,298.71
The Director General, who was represented by the Director of Consumer Protection, Adamu Abdulahi said that ₦422,406,603,900.3 was the total value of tickets sold from January to December 2016.
NCAA added that despite low sales in January 2017 and the rehabilitation of Abuja Airport rehabilitation, the ticket sold in 2017 was higher than that of 2016 with a difference of ₦82,763,686,301.09.
The achievement, the agency stated was due to stable Forex regime, effective implementation of Executive Order and resumed flight activities to Maiduguri
Meanwhile, the agency said that from October 2014 to December 2017, a total of 90 sanctions were applied on aviation professionals working in the Nigerian aviation industry.
Those sanctioned includes 15 pilots, five Cabin Crew, four engineers, four Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO), suspension of one private security outfit, five airlines for act inimical to safety.
The agency stated that there would be no going back sanctioning erring aviation professionals, airline and other aviation related service providers.
On cargo, NCAA said that the domestic and international cargo sales charge between January-December 2016 stood at ₦285,169,979.79, while that of 2017 for both domestic and international total stood at ₦400,900,439.09
The regulatory body also revealed that the cargo charge for 2017 was higher than that of 2016with a difference of ₦115,730,459.30
In 2018, NCAA said its target would be to increase passengers’ confidence in the air transport sector, sustain zero accident, continuous oversight and safety surveillance and improved safety.
Other targets for this year are: migration of licences to card type with biometric features, to ensure that 23 airports are Performance Based Navigation compliant, strengthen super structure of safety, make aviation security paramount, collaborate with airlines to key into Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) .
Earlier, the Chairman of the event, Prof. Anthony Kila said that without safety and security there would be nothing to talk about in the aviation sector.
He added that all the stakeholders in the industry ranging from airlines, service providers, and aviation agencies have common interest and bond which is safety and security.
On his part, the President of ASRTI, Mr Gbenga Olowo stated that the essence of the August gathering today was to look at the Key Performance Index (KPI) of the agencies in the industry and what stakeholders can measure these agencies with.
Olowo added that today the nation has no national carrier, what is the industry doing about airlines that are dying in droves, what are the objectives stakeholders set last year and how far these objectives have been achieved.
According to him, “What we are here for today is to talk about measurable deliverables”