The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has generated ₦38 billion from Passenger Service Charges (PSC) in 2017 collected on its behalf by airlines from air travellers flying in and out of the over 22 airports managed by the agency in the country.
PSC is the tariff FAAN charges their passengers for services they offer to them in respect to terminal building, screening equipment, conveniences for travelling passengers and any other which is only N1, 000.
From the amount it could be deduced that FAAN recorded 38 million passengers across the airports in the country. FAAN remits about 20 per cent of its internally generated revenue (IGR) to the federation account, part of which this PSC is involved.
Managing director/ chief executive officer of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, speaking at the opening of the 59th Airports Council International (ACI) Africa Conference in Lagos yesterday, while giving out the figure said that the agency garnered that figure even though passenger traffic dropped same year.
He said as part of its excellence in revenue generation, the automated car park at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) also increased FAAN revenue by 68 per cent.
On African aviation, Dunoma said noted that the continent saw a nine per cent increase in tourism, the highest increase in any region. The FAAN MD insisted that African airports must position for increased passenger volume, particularly business travellers and tourists.
He further pointed out that the 59th ACI-Africa Board and Committees Meetings & Regional Conference and Exhibition is holding just after 23 African countries signed the Single African Air Travel Market (SAATM) last January in Addis Ababa, adding that SAATM has the potential to transform, revolutionise aviation business in the continent.
He said, “A better theme couldn’t have been chosen for the conference: Business Transformation for Sustainable Development of African Airports: A greater focus on Customer Service Guarantees, Improved Profitability, Optimal Use of Infrastructure and Sustainability of the Business.”
Among other things, the CEO declared that the conference would push for a change in the perception of business in African airports, stressing that a change in how the business of African airports was viewed was necessary to realise the vaunted benefits of SAATM.
He said, alongside the meetings and conference, airports, service providers and aviation companies would exhibit their products and services at a large-scale exhibition
According to Dunoma, FAAN was delighted to host global and regional aviation experts and giants of the industry. He also noted that for over a week, knowledge and experiences, starting from 14 to 20 April 2018, would be shared, strategies developed, networks formed, and investments attracted.
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