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Aviation regulation, fees to be increased

Chairman of the portfolio committee and MP Kimetso Mathaba

March 19, 2021 2 min read

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AIR navigation fees and regulations of 2004 are on the verge of being repealed and replaced by the new 2020 regulations amendment.

This, after the Parliament portfolio committee on natural resources, tourism and land cluster last week presented the report on air navigation fees amendment and regulations of 2020 to the House for consideration.

The chairman of the portfolio committee and Member of Parliament, Kimetso Mathaba told Metro on Tuesday that members had two days to go through it before discussions could take place.

“Tuesday last week was just the tabling of the report. It was discussed in Parliament after two days because members also needed some time to go through and understand the report,” Mathaba said.

Under the 2004 amendment regulations, fees in respect of aerodrome licenses for public use are renewed at M300 and the same amount is also needed to grant a license.

Fee for a license for scheduled air transport service was M2 000 per annum while the fee for permit for operation of air services other than scheduled air transport services is M1 000 per annum. The fee for aircraft flying permit for each aircraft remains at M200 per annum.

These fees, that have been running for the last 20 years are however likely to change if the new regulations are approved.   

On February 19, the Minister of Transport Tšoeu Mokeretla tabled the air navigation fees amendment of 2020, which were referred to the portfolio committee in terms of the laws.

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According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), no member state should be left behind and that demands standardised and harmonised aviation activities around all member states. The minister was then invited to a briefing session where he was able to explain that the old regulations of 2004 were no longer responsive to today’s circumstances and economic demands.

The transport ministry has examined air navigation charges in other SADC states such as eSwatini and Botswana which have already updated their fees.

The policy principal regulates air navigation charges and aviation licensing requirements which include aeronautical and non-aeronautical fees and charges, licensing fees for air traffic controllers, air and ground crew.






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