NCAA Gives IATA Accredited Travel Agents 60 Days To Register, Obtain Certificate

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…Says Non Registration Of Travel Agency A Violation Of The Law

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given all International Air Transport Association (IATA) accredited agents 60 days to register and obtain NCAA’s Certificate of Registration (CoR) or be sanctioned

The ultimatum, NCAA said commenced on May 7, 2019 and that on the strength of this, IATA had been directed not to accredit forthwith any agency without NCAA’s Certificate of Registration.

This is just as the regulatory body also declared that any travel agency operating in Nigeria that has not register with it clearly violating extant Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs)

The controversy in certain quarters of absence of legislation concerning the registration of travel agencies is misguided.

NCAA stated that for the avoidance of doubt, NCARs confers power on NCAA to register and issue certificates to travel agencies without which no travel agency shall operate in Nigeria.

An online statement issued by the General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye cited Part 18.9.1 (iii) of (Nig.CARs), which according to states unequivocally and incontrovertibly that no person shall undertake the business of travel agency in Nigeria without obtaining a Certificate or License issued by the NCAA.

NCAA added that as a corollary to this, Part 18.9.4.1 of the NCARs 2015 states that all travel agencies shall register with the authority after fulfilling the necessary requirements specified in IS18.9.1.2 (iii) to these regulations.

It also contended that 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.

The statement pointed out that to join the IATA Billing Settlement Plan (BSP), Part 18.9.4.2. of the NCARs states that all registered travel agencies shall join and trade on IATA BSP Platform.

It noted that the fulfilment of the aforementioned regulation Part 18.9.4.1 is a mandatory requirement for IATA to accept a travel agency on its BSP platform, adding that it is after registration that a travel agent can commence business on the IATA BSP platform.

NCAA, the statement said would take concerted steps to instill sanity and orderliness into the operations of travel agencies in Nigeria, adding that it would be collaborating with IATA to provide a robust regulatory oversight on this sector of aviation downstream operations.

NCAA, the statement stated would continue to carry out its regulatory oversight in all facets of air transport operations with all the seriousness that is required.

Recalled that the National Association of  Nigeria Travel Agencies(NANTA) had complained about the travel agents who are not registered with  NANTA  and NCAA  but were brandishing IATA accreditation to the surprise of NANTA.

 

 

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