Nigerian Airlines issued 90 Day Ultimatum to Join IATA BSP

The Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi, earlier this week issued a 90-day ultimatum for Nigerian domestic airlines to join the International Air Transport Association’s(IATA) Billing Settlement Plan.

The deadline was contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant to the Minister. The IATA BSP is the revenue clearing house for over 230 global airlines, representing about 94 per cent of the international air traffic. It is designed to facilitate and simplify the selling, reporting and remittance procedures of IATA accredited passenger sales agents, as well as improve financial control and cash flow of participating airlines in line with global practices in the aviation industry.

The statement read in part, “All local airlines must start issuing e-tickets to passengers for efficiency, integrity and good financial monitoring. The issuance of e-tickets will assist the passengers enjoy the endorsement of their tickets from one airline to another.

“IATA’s BSP will assist to support the domestic sector as necessary tool for interlining of domestic tickets, thereby developing the downstream aviation sector and sanitising the environment for passengers’ comfort.”

According to the statement, the minister has mandated the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren, to ensure implementation and compliance with the directive within the stipulated time frame.

The minister added that the move would help passengers to enjoy value for their money, while also announcing that airport lounges would be opened to transit passengers on both international and local routes.

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