Airlines raise fares over increase in airfares as domestic flights resume Wednesday



There has been a significant increase in the airfares as airlines prepare to resume operations Wednesday.

The Federal Government had directed the resumption of domestic flights on July 8 th after the March 30th lockdown of the airlines.

Checks by our correspondent revealed that the airlines raised their fares in all class of tickets for one- hour flights from Lagos to Abuja .

While flights for Dana Air on Economy Discount sold for N 33, 000 for a one way Lagos to Abuja flight, the Economy Flexible plan sold for N 70, 500 .

Air Peace for its Economy – Flexi Domestic plan sold for N 33, 001 for a one way Lagos – Abuja trip while its business class ticket sold for N 80 , 000 .

Azman had economy tickets sold for N 33 , 000 while business class sold for N 60, 000 for the same 1 hour , 15 minutes ’ trip.

Arik Air’ s Economy plan was the lowest with N 29, 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 N 126 , 199 for a trip slated for 4 pm .

More checks by our correspondent revealed that the ticket costs were driven by extra costs factored into the base fare.

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In Air Peace ’ s economy flight breakdown , the base fare was N 14, 239 while taxes and other fares made up the remaining N 18, 762 , pushing the total amount to N 33, 001 .

Spokesperson of Dana Air , Kingsley Ezenwa who reacted to the costs said it was imperative customers booked flights early enough.

However , he argued that the airline ’ s ticket prices were quite competitive .

Before the lockdown , economy tickets could go for as low as N 15 , 000 and as high as N 40, 000 for one – hour flight.

Arik to operate three daily flights
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.

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