Commencing from August 1, 2020, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced an upward review of the Passenger Service Charge (PSC), payable by travellers on both local and international flights.

According to FAAN, the new increment per passenger is now N2,000 from N1,000 and $100 from the initial $50.

With the implementation, air travellers on regional routes like Ghana, Benin Republic and others, would pay the sum of $100 as PSC, apart from the airfares. This also applies to passengers on long and international routes.

In a letter to the Chairman, Airline Operators Committee, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director of FAAN declared that the increment was approved by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, as he has been notified of the implementation date.

The letter stated that the approval which was given on August 3, 2017 is intended to bring about an improvement and upgrade in the airports infrastructure among others.

FAAN also declared that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and relevant stakeholders had been notified of its intent in various engagements, stressing that these engagements delayed the implementation of the new regime since 2017 when it received the approval.

The letter read in part: “Some of the engagements are as follows: Setting up of an in-house committee to come up with strategies for the smooth implementation, sensitisation of the general public, engagement of stakeholders airlines and others.

“It is pertinent to mention that the cap on the value of the PSC is simply outdated as the last review of PSC on domestic route from N350 to N1000 and from $35 to $50 on the international route was on May 1, 2011 and 21 March 2011, respectively.

“This does not coincide with the prevailing economic situation and the index to meet the needs of today and future growth in passenger traffic and airport development, most especially for the airport to upgrade to post Covid-19 standards.”

FAAN has also noted that Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos has been charging N2, 500 on PSC in recent years, noting that despite this increment, some local carriers moved their operations to the terminal.

FAAN emphasised that the increase of 100 per cent on PSC would enable it to upgrade its facilities to accommodate new airlines, including the anticipated national carrier.