The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed domestic airlines to increase the fares payable on air tickets to ensure safe and efficient services to air travelers.
Specifically, the NCAA, which is the regulatory body for aviation in Nigeria, urged the airlines to make sure that airfares are in tandem with cost of operation, factoring in the high prices of aviation fuel, charges and other expenses incurred by providing service to passengers.
A top official of the agency, who would not want to be quoted in this report, explained that the NCAA authorised the hike in airfares to prevent airlines from compromising safety of travellers.
The regulatory body, the source, added, has warned that airlines that charge fares that do not reflect the current reality would be sanctioned because such airlines would be unable to effectively carry out routine maintenance of their aircraft and would therefore be tempted to cut corners and endanger the lives of air passengers.
THISDAY learnt that the regulatory agency is currently monitoring the operations of all the local carriers with the aim of ensuring they do no negate the rules.
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