ATNS has the capability and infrastructure to offer billing services to individual States for collection of aircraft's movement fees from non IATA member airlines, thereby enhancing the state's financial muscle to continuously maintain the ATM infrastructure. ATNS' billing system allows for setting up a separate user customizable billing environment. The billing system provides for capturing and processing records of aircraft landing and en-route information, in order to bill aircraft approach fees as well as en-route fees.
The main objective is to ensure that the system is efficient and effective. The billing services model offers the client the option to either choose to send electronic data reflecting aircraft movements to ATNS for generation of invoices or compute the charge and generate its own invoices and forward the electronic invoices to ATNS for the collection of fees from airlines.
At ATNS the aircraft's movement data is captured into the billing system by the Air Traffic Controller's (ATC's) assistant using the tower log system.
Components of the Billing System
The Billing System consists of the following three components:
Data Transfer and
The aircraft's movement data as captured by the Air Traffic Controllers at the airports is used as input data to the billing system for the generation of invoices.
This Billing System was designed to do data correction at the first line of the billing process. Each data entry is therefore checked to ensure that the data entering the system is valid and in the right format. This component of the billing system is based at the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company of South Africa.
All the processes and functions performed by this component of the system are the responsibility of ATNS.