Flying within Nigeria is about to attract extra fares.

The Nigerian airport managers, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN is proposing to increase the passenger service charge and they are getting the backing of major aviation unions.

The unions are Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals, ANAP and the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE.

Passenger Service Charge, PSC is collected by the airlines upon purchase of tickets and paid to FAAN after completion of the flight.

It is 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.

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According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN the PSC was last increased in 2011 when the naira was more than twice the current value and cost of operation was far less than what obtains currently.

The national secretary of ANAP, Abdulrasaq Saidu, said that the increment would enable FAAN to meet up with its responsibility of providing qualitative services to passengers.

“Airlines and other airport users have reviewed their charges severally within this period,” he said.

“We have four new terminals built to international standards; the PSC tariff fixed eight years ago will not be suitable for these new terminals owing to new technology, maintenance and other related costs,” he added.

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