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Somali Civil Aviation Authority Restores IATA Billing and Settlement Plan

The Somali Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) has today launched the restoration of the International Air Transport Association(IATA) Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) in Mogadishu, Somalia.

This cooperation will bolster Somalia’s aviation industry. IATA aims to develop sustainable, economical, and safe air travel in the country and the region at large.

Speaking at the launch, IATA Africa and Middle East regional vice-president Kamil Alawadhi said the move was a big milestone and success for Somalia. “I was honored to participate visually in the launch event of the restoration of the IAT building and settlement plan system for Somalia after 33 years. It is a historic success achieved by the gov’t of Somalia, and we congratulate them on this success,” Alawadhi stated.

The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Fardowsa Osman Egal who was also in attendance congratulated SCAA and stated that the next issue that is currently being worked on is aviation security. “We put our 100% efforts into restoring the codes of SCAA, & our struggle was successful, as we are today celebrating & congratulating each other on this historic day.” Hope we’ll achieve more touchable goals such as aviation security, which is in process,” she said

The BSP is a system designed to facilitate and simplify the selling, reporting and remitting procedures of IATA Accredited Passenger Sales Agents. It also improves financial control and cash flow for BSP Airlines.

Electronic ticketing optimizes billing for the airline and reduces the number of resources required for billing and collection. Instead of each sales/travel agent presenting their individual bills and passenger data to the airline, all that information is consolidated through a central point which is the BSP. Each agent remits their sales to the BSP and in turn, the BSP makes one lump sum payment to the airline.

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