Helicopter levies,  cost recovery measure.. Ministry 

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The Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development says the introduction of helicopter landing levies, is in line with international best practices to enhance the quality of helicopter operations is a cost recovery measure.

A press statement from Odutayo Oluseyi , Head, Press & Public Affairs said the ministry recognizes the importance of helicopter operations in Nigeria’s aviation industry and  committed to implementing international best practices in helicopter operations through its agency – Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

Oluseyi said Helicopter landing levies are commonplace in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and various regions worldwide. For instance, Tallahassee International Airport in Florida began implementing helicopter landing levies under Vector Airport Systems since October 1, 2022. “Helicopter landing levies are common across airfields in the United Kingdom, ranging from major commercial ones to small general aviation fields. Typically, helicopter levies match or exceed those for fixed-wing aircraft, varying based on factors like location and services provided”

He said the Federal Government has granted NAEBI Dynamic Concepts Limited exclusive rights to collect helicopter landing levies in line with the MoU between NAEBI Concept and NAMA (focal Agency), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

” It is instructive to note that NAMA under the Act as amended in 2022 is empowered to collect aeronautical revenues in both the upper and lower airspace to support her self-sustainability”

According to the statement, over the years NAMA has predominantly relied on the upper airspace for her revenue generation adding that government in her wisdom having discovered a lacuna on the lower airspace where helicopter operations is dominant directed NAMA to live up to her responsibilities to enable them generate enough resources to sustain their aeronautical architecture, enhance security and surveillance, and improve the overall quality of helicopter operations in Nigeria.

The ministry exprtesed confident that the move will improve capacity, efficiency, safety, security, and attract more investment in the aviation industry and encourages all stakeholders to be committed to this laudable initiative that has followed due processes and procedures, and should embrace the new normal.

 

 


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