NON-REGISTRATION OF TRAVEL AGENCY IS A VIOLATION OF LAW – NCAA
Any travel agency operating in Nigeria and is yet to register with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is in clear violation of the provisions of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs).
The controversy in certain quarters on the absence of a legislation concerning the registration of travel agencies is misguided.
Section 30 (4) (a) of the Civil Aviation Act. 2006, inter alia empowers the Authority to regulate, supervise and monitor the activities of Travel and other Aviation Agents operating in Nigeria.
Pursuant to the above, 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 220.127.116.11 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) states that all travel agencies shall register with the Authority after fulfilling the necessary requirements specified in IS18.104.22.168 (iii) to these regulations.
Further note that Part 22.214.171.124 of Nig. CARs mandates all registered travel agencies to join and trade on International Air Transport Association (IATA) Bill Settlement Plan (BSP) Platform. It is instructive to note that registration with the NCAA is a requirement for IATA to accept a travel agency on its BSP platform.
In its bid to instill sanity and orderliness into the operations and activities of travel agencies in Nigeria, the Authority is collaborating with IATA to provide a robust regulatory oversight of aviation downstream operations.
Consequently, all IATA accredited agents have been given 60 (sixty) days within which to register and obtain NCAA’s Certificate of Registration. This ultimatum commenced from 7th May, 2019.
On the strength of this, IATA has been directed not to accredit forthwith any agency without NCAA’s Certificate of Registration.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will continue to carry out its regulatory oversight in all facets of air transport operations with all the seriousness that is required.
GM, Public Relations.