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Air Travellers To Pay 25% Price Hike



Nigerian air travelers are expected to pay as much as 25% hike in airfare as the country airspace opens next week for domestic flights.

The country aviation sector was short down about 100 days ago due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

But strong indications on Thursday have shown that air travellers are in for a new price regime.

Arik Air, one of the major airline operators in Nigeria for instance, has effected 25% increase in its fare in air trips across the country.

When confronted by journalists on the planned air fare hike by airline operators at the Senate wing of the National Assembly on Thursday, Aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, evaded questions, saying costs of flights should be discussed with airlines operators.

“Price is not in my hand but like I said from what we put in place, I do not think that anything significant will happen to affect the propensity to fly”, he said.

In his earlier submission before the Senate committee on Aviation on state of preparedness for commencement of the domestic flights, the Aviation minister declared that Aids of VIPs will not be allowed  to  enter airports.