Investigation revealed that a significant increase has been made in the airfares by the airlines.
The Federal Government had directed the resumption of domestic flights on July 8th after the March 30th lockdown of the airlines.
But it was learnt that the airlines have raised their fares in all classes of tickets for one-hour flights from Lagos to Abuja.
While flights for Dana Air on Economy Discount sold for N33,000 for a one way Lagos to Abuja flight, the Economy Flexible plan sold for N70,500.
Air Peace for its Economy-Flexi Domestic plan sold for N33,001 for a one way Lagos-Abuja trip while its business class ticket sold for N80,000.
Azman had economy tickets sold for N33,000 while business class sold for N60,000 for the same 1hour, 15 minutes’ trip.
Arik Air’s Economy plan was the lowest with N29,189 for economy and 71,532 for business class flights for a one-way Lagos to Abuja trip. One of the business class one-way trips sold for N126,199 for a trip slated for 4 pm.
It was discovered that the ticket costs were driven by extra costs factored into the base fare.
In Air Peace’s economy flight breakdown, the base fare was N14, 239 while taxes and other fares made up the remaining N18, 762, pushing the total amount to N33,001.
Spokesperson of Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, argued that the airline’s ticket prices were quite competitive.
He, however, urged customers to book flights early enough.
Before the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, economy tickets could go for as low as N15,000 and as high as N40,000 for one-hour flight.
Meanwhile, Arik Air has said that it will be operating three daily flights from Lagos to Abuja in the first phase of the aviation restart.
The airline noted that Port Harcourt will be added to the schedule from Saturday, July 11, 2020, when the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa would be reopened for operations
Arik Air Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu, in a statement on Sunday expressed optimism to take to the skies once again.
Lola Seriki Idahosa /News
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