NAMA To Introduce ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ System
The Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA) announced that from today it will withdraw all its air navigational services from airlines indebted to the authority. NAMA also informed the airlines that it will introduce a ‘pay as you go’ method to ensure that new debts are not accumulated by the airlines and that they pay for the services rendered to them as they operate.
The debt being owed by the airlines is about N10 billion. Some of the carriers have settled their bills: Air Nigeria, Dana Air, Caverton Helicopters, and Bristow Helicopters, while Aero and IRS Airlines accepted the invoices. The biggest debtor, Arik Air, refused to pay any navigational charges.
Follow-up: Arik Air cancelled all domestic flights today due to the new measures. The airline’s Deputy Executive Vice President, Mr. Chris Ndulue, said that the NAMA is out to destroy the aviation industry.