The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has recently announced that domestic flights would resume on July 8 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. The Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports would reopen on July 11, while other airports across the country will join on July 15.
Meanwhile, it has been discovered that all the airlines have skyrocketed their fares by at least 75% as they resume domestic operations.
Air Peace’s fare is hiked up by 43%, while Arik increased its fares for the cheapest class from N21,000 before the lockdown to N27,000, which represents a 29% increase. Dana airlines is increasing its for the economy class from N18,000 to N33,300, and Business sold for N73,000 before lockdown now sells for N162,000 for Lagos-Abuja route. Air Peace that sold for N23,000 for Lagos-Abuja route before lockdown now sells for N33,001.
Meanwhile, the body regulating the activities of the air travel industry, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) made a threat and strict warning as to adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, as it grounded 18 aircrafts for non-compliance and accused the airlines of failure to submit their proposed flight schedule for consideration in cognisance with the crowd control mechanism.
He thereafter warned that all the operators, airlines, airports, air navigation service provider, weather report providers, airport health and aviation security must satisfy the laid down standard of performance.
With the current economic crisis that has befallen the Country, do you think this is the right move by the airlines?
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