Local airlines slash fares to win back passengers

A new airline arrives in town

Domestic airline operators at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday, reduced their fares in order to win back passengers.

Some airline officials said the move is to encourage travellers who could not afford the high fares.

Arik Air, which sold its one-way ticket last week for between N30 thousand and N40 thousand to any destination in the country from Abuja, has reduced it to between N30 thousand and N35 thousand for economy class and N45 thousand for business class.

Aero Contractors tickets, which were sold for N28 thousand economy and N50 thousand business class, have dropped to N21,400 and N49 thousand respectively; while IRS Airlines charges between N22 thousand and N25 thousand for economy and N50 thousand for business flyers.

Med-View, a new airline which started operation last week, charges between N15 thousand and N19 thousand for economy ticket and N49 thousand for a business class ticket to Lagos.

Aero Contractors Business Development Manager, Mark Snoxell, said the airline has reduced its fare to gain more business opportunities.

He said the move would also help the airline to mitigate losses occasioned by flying with empty seats.

The Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Harold Demuren, had said that more local airlines would soon begin operations in Nigeria by the end of November and this may have prompted the airlines to reduce their fares.

A passenger, Haruna Ibrahim, said that more airlines should be brought in to ease the passenger traffic.

Another passenger, Folashade Ojo, said the government should introduce modern rail transportation to enable Nigerians to have choices of transport mode.

“If modern rail transportation is introduced in this country, the airline operators will sit up; they will reduce their fares further,” she said.

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