Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says it has directed the International Air Transport Association (IATA) not to accredit any agency without its Certificate of Registration.
Also, the authority has stressed that any travel agency operating in Nigeria and is yet to register with the NCAA is clearly violating extant Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations.
In a statement sent Tuesday by Sam Adurogboye, general manager, public relations, NCAA, said the controversy in certain quarters of absence of legislation concerning the registration of travel agencies was misguided.
“For the avoidance of doubt, 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 188.8.131.52 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 IS184.108.40.206 (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 220.127.116.11. of the NCARs states that All registered Travel Agencies shall join and trade on IATA BSP Platform,” the statement read.
It is important to note that the fulfilment of the aforementioned regulation Part 18.104.22.168 is a mandatory requirement for IATA to accept a travel agency on its BSP platform, he said, adding that it is after registration that a travel agent can commence business on the IATA BSP platform.
He assured that the NCAA was therefore taking steps to instil sanity into the operations of travel agencies in Nigeria, adding that the authority would be collaborating with IATA to provide a robust regulatory oversight on this sector of aviation downstream operations.
“All IATA accredited agents have 60 days within which to register and obtain NCAA’s Certificate of Registration. This ultimatum commenced from 7th May, 2019,” the statement noted.