The Managing Director of IRS Airlines, Alhaji Isiyaku Rabiu, has urged the Federal Government to immediately review the taxes and charges paid by airlines, saying airlines in Nigeria are over-taxed.
He spoke during the Lagos-Kano inaugural flight of Air Peace, saying Nigerian airlines are operating under a hostile environment.
Rabiu said, “Nigerian airlines are very over-taxed; we have so many taxes and so many overheads, fuel has not been consistent, there is VAT, there is NCAA, there is NAMA, FAAN, even though they support themselves but, our airlines need to be supported also so that we can benefit from the Nigerian passengers that we have been carrying.
“You see how Med-View has been struggling, they need to be supported, Air Peace is going international. It is a welcome development; Azman is trying to do the same thing. So if we get support from government, it is going to be a win-win situation.
“We will save a lot of foreign exchange that we are paying to the foreign airlines. We’ll build capacity, provide employment for the Nigerian Aviation sector and our economy will thrive and grow even more.”
On the African Single Air Transport Market, he said, “The Airline Operators of Nigeria has been complaining but this is something that was done a long time ago; since the Yamoussoukro agreement. The only thing I would say is for us to try to work harder, to try to make sure we infiltrate the market and for our government to give us the support we need.”