Airlines Increase Fares As Domestic Flights Resume Wednesday
There has been a tremendous increase in the airfares as airlines prepare to resume operations Wednesday after it was shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
The Federal Government had directed the resumption of domestic flights on July 8th after the March 30th lockdown of the airlines.
Checks by The Punch 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 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.
Before the lockdown, economy tickets could go for as low as N15,000 and as high as N40,000 for one-hour flight.