Christmas Season: Hard Times For Air Travellers In Nigeria As Ticket Prices Double

As yuletide approaches, airline passengers are facing hard times over the skyrocketing cost of tickets, findings by Daily Trust have revealed. 

Checks by Daily Trust correspondents showed that ticket prices have doubled on all the domestic routes, as well as some international destinations ahead of the Christmas and New Year holiday bookings. 

But for the December booking, any passenger who has not made a reservation as of yesterday may have to pay exorbitant fees on the limited flight options as findings showed that most of the flights have gone up by over 100 per cent. 

Apart from the Lagos-Abuja route, which has many flight options and cheaper rates if the reservation is being done a week or two before departure, most flights in December to the South East, South South and the Northern routes are either fully booked or are too exorbitant. 

For instance, as of yesterday, Lagos-Enugu flights on Air Peace for December have been fully booked from December 15, while the price has increased to N95, 400. 

Lagos-Port Harcourt flight on Ibom Air is between N53, 000 and N70, 000 from December 12, 2021, as Yuletide bookings increase demand on the route.

Other routes which have seen increasing demands ahead of the New Year festivities are Owerri, Asaba and Benin, the Edo State capital.

Flights to Enugu and Owerri, the Imo State capital, it was learnt, are now in high demand since they serve other parts of the South East and South South without airports. 

Lagos-Owerri flight on Dana Air, for instance, costs as much as N80, 100 depending on the time of booking while the lowest fare on the website as of the time of filing this report was N55, 800.

In contrast, Lagos-Enugu flight as well as Lagos-Port Harcourt flights used to be about N32, 000 as the lowest fare on Dana Air two weeks ago.

On Air Peace, it was around N33, 000 when there was no rush. 

Also, prices of flight tickets to Ilorin have also skyrocketed in recent times with an Abuja-Ilorin flight costing as much as 60,000 in December as against the previous N29, 000 to N32, 000.

-DailyTrust

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