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Reps call for suspension of new Ground Handling Rate

The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has advised that the new Aircraft Ground Handling Rate be put on hold till after the next meeting with the stakeholders scheduled for next week for all parties to reach an agreement.

The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji gave the advice in a statement after the Committee’s meeting with stakeholders in Abuja.

The new rate which shot up the handling rate of jumbo aircraft of the size of Boeing 777 series to over 1,000 percent was to take effect from Friday from the prevailing rate for the same aircraft type at $330.

The Airline Operators of Nigeria, (AON) and the Airline Operators” Council, (AOC) which are the umbrella bodies for local and foreign airlines had earlier petitioned the committee for its intervention over the new rate which they described as cutthroat.

During the meeting which was held at the instance of the House Committee, the Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Musu Nuhu, and the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Captain Rabiu Yadudu requested the Committee to invite the Association of Aircraft Ground Handlers of Nigeria,  and the International Air Transport Association, for a meeting next week to explain the rationale for the astronomical increase.

Establishing the House Committee’s concern the chairman  Mr.Nnolim Nnaji called for amicable resolution as the  new rate if implemented would eventually be transferred to the end-users, the Passengers.

Editing by Tina Oyinsan