The Federal Government had directed the resumption of domestic flights on July 8th after the March 30th lockdown of the airlines and there has been significant increase in airfares as the preparation begins.
Checks by our correspondent revealed that the airlines raised their fares in all class of tickets for one-hour flights from Lagos to Abuja.
Arik Air has the lowest price for Economy going for N29,189 but business class tickets is going for N71,532 for a one way Lagos to Abuja trip.
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.
The increase in airfare is as a result of extra cost factored into the base fare.
In Air Peace’s economy flight breakdown, the base fare was N14, 239 while taxes and other fares made up the remaining N18, 762, pushing the total amount to N33,001.
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 N15,000 and as high as N40,000 for one-hour flight.