A pressure group with seasoned professionals in Nigeria’s aviation industry has urged the government to enact the Fly-Nigeria-Act to protect the country’s travel market.
A communique issued at the end of its Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI) 1st 2019 Quarterly Business Breakfast Meeting held in Lagos stated that the government through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has to create an enabling environment for the growth of travel agents in Nigeria.
The communiqué said the NCAA as the regulatory agency for air travel business in Nigeria, should go beyond licensing of travel agents and take steps to address the challenges that have in recent years, caused a decline in air bookings and performance of travel agencies in the country.
It stated that the local content law in Nigeria needs to be applied fully in regulatory operations of travel agents so as to preserve the sector for the benefits of its citizens.
It further stated that all travel agents in Nigeria should make deliberate efforts to register with the NCAA to attract favourable regulatory benefits and protection from external exploitation.
The communiqué further advised that the NCAA as sole regulator of air travel business in Nigeria, has a duty to approach IATA with the country’s expectations in terms of standards that should be applied in the Nigerian environment, regarding travel agency business so as to protect its own.
It noted that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) activities should be looked into, saying that this must be in line and respect local laws to protect the travel agencies in Nigeria without interference into commercial activities.
The communiqué stated Stakeholders in air travel business (airlines, NCAA, FAAN and NANTA) need to frequently share data information to avoid conflicting figures in industry data which impede planning.
It further stated that the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents (NANTA) should develop and implement rules that can regulate the conduct and ethics of its members in their transaction with customers and airlines