Some Nigerian Domestic Airlines over the weekend increased flights prices, Following the ongoing protests against police brutality in the country.
Before now, the cost of flights ranged from N27,000 to N38,000 depending on the class of ticket purchased. But according to checks from sources.
The prices of these airlines were hiked for one-way flight from Lagos to Abuja, as follows:
Arik Air recorded N43, 944 for economy and N99,176 for business class tickets on Sunday.
Aero contractors, passengers were expected to cough out between N34,310 and N87,812 for flexible economy and business class respectively.
Dana Air was raised fromr N36,000 to N42,300 for economy Saver while Economy Flexible stood at 47,000.
Prices on Air Peace ranged from N38,800 to N60,000 for economy flexi while it recorded N80,000 for business for flights on October Sunday.
Airline Operators, however, argued that the price increase was not as a result of the ongoing protests which have been the cause of gridlock across major highways in the country.
Speaking in a telephone interview, spokesperson for Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, said the increase in fares was not related to the planned protest.
He said, “We are always saying book early to get the best fares. We also have a progressive fare regime, whereas the flights are getting full, the fares will be increasing gradually. That is not to say there was a deliberate fare increase over the weekend. This is normal industry metrics.”
Spokesperson of Air Peace, Stanley Olisa, said, “That is our fare. The fares differ. It was not increased because of anything. Nothing must has influenced it.”