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Aviation unions back proposed increase in passenger service charge

Airline passengers should brace for a hike in the cost of flying as the authorities get set to hike Passenger Service Charge (PSC).

Some of the major aviation unions– Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), the National Union of Pensioners (NUP) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) – have given their backing to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)’s plan.

The PSC is collected by the airlines upon purchase of tickets and paid to FAAN after completion of the flight. Currently a passenger on domestic flight pays N1, 000 while a passenger on international flight is billed $50.

The charges are used to cover the cost of maintaining common areas in the passenger terminals, providing passenger information, maintaining security and ensuring that customers use the airport in comfort. The PSC was last increased in 2011.

The Nation, November 19, 2018

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