Thursday, October 17, 2013

SALLAH: Airlines Hike Fares By 55 Percent As Travellers Return To Base

Airlines have raised their fares from N20,000/N22,000 to over N31,000 for an hour trip, as travellers begin to return to their bases after the Sallah holiday on Wednesday.
A visit to the terminal yesterday by BusinessDay showed that only three airlines – Medview Air, Aero Airline, and Firstneer Nation Airways – were operating, except for Arik Air that operates from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the airport.
At the ticketing counter of Aero Air, a one-way ticket was sold for N31, 600, at FirstNation it was sold for N25, 200, while the same ticket for an hour trip was sold for N24, 500, findings show.
As travellers started coming into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport terminal 2, which is usually a beehive of activities, especially at peak periods, airlines staff were seen telling them to hurry up for their tickets.
“You may not get ticket again today (Wednesday) because our last flight to Abuja is 3.45pm, and it is already boarding,” a staff of a new entrant airline, said.
At the ticketing counter of Aero, the official simply said: “If you are travelling now, the fare is N31,600, but for future trips, you can go online or visit our office.”
Commenting on the situation, a passenger said his trip was important hence he cannot afford to miss it even though the fare was on the high side.
Another passenger with his three children and wife, said he had to cough out N158,000 for a one-trip on Aero for his family.

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