Finally, Ibom Air has stopped the Victor Attah international airport, Uyo, Service Charge. Initially, all passengers are expected to pay the sum of NGN1,500 for using the Victor Attah international airport, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Ibom Air announced on their official Twitter account that passengers will no longer pay the airport service charge. All they need is to check-in and fly.
The message reads:https://twitter.com/ibomairlines/status/1361345286824747009
ATTENTION: Uyo outbound passengers. Ibom air passengers no longer need to queue to pay for passenger service charge from Victor Attah International Airport. Just check-in & fly!
To first time users, the NGN 1,500 service charge is like a surprise package to them while frequent travellers are used to the airport service charge. The NGN1,500 is used for airport maintenance. Victor Attah international airport, Uyo, Nigeria is owned and operated by Akwa Ibom state government. The Airport is managed by Ibom Airport Development Company Ltd. (IADCL).
The Victor Attah international airport, Uyo, Service Charge was criticized by many travellers. They express their anger and frustration in the service charge. A traveller said he almost missed his flight because of the service charge.
According to a Twitter user, why the airport decided to be collecting the money cash themselves at the airport is because of non-remittance by the airlines. Including the NGN1,500 on the ticket was a better option so that passengers can pay once. Since airlines collect without remitting the charges to the authorities, the best for the Ibom Airport Development Company Ltd. (IADCL) is to collect cash to avoid further stories that touch the heart.
Who knows maybe this is a strategy by Ibom airline to woo passengers or maybe they have decided to include the Victor Attah international airport, Uyo, Service Charge fee in the cost of a ticket?
In our last article on the airport service charge, we suggested that the airlines should include the airport charges in the cost of a ticket. Let passengers pay once.