IATA laments multiple taxations in Nigeria - THE GUARDIAN
SEPTEMBER 14, 2023
The International Air Transport Organization (IATA), a global regulator for airline operators, on Wednesday lamented the multiple taxations in Nigeria.
Vice President, Africa and Middle East for IATA, Kamil Al Alwadi, hit out at the Federal Government (FG) over the alleged stifling of airline operations with heavy and sundry taxes and charges.
Alwadi during an address said research showed that Nigeria ranks highest in airport charges in Africa as there are at least 27 charges imposed on airlines by the FG.
According to him, the airport in Abuja ranks as the most expensive airport in the whole of Africa and that is closely followed by the one in Lagos state.
Alwadi lamented the stunted growth of the industry on the continent, especially Nigeria while he also urged the FG to create a conducive environment for airlines to thrive.
“In recent research conducted, we discovered that the most expensive airport in Africa is Abuja airport, followed by Lagos airport,” he said while speaking at the 7th Aviation Africa summit and exhibition in Abuja.
“With all these exorbitant charges, Nigerian airlines can’t compete with their foreign counterparts. Africa has put itself in a place where it cannot help its own: expensive fuel, excessive charges, leasing and insurance through the roof.
“The airlines need to be financially viable too. The airlines contribute to the country’s GDP but Nigeria needs to decide what to do for them to survive.”