Ahead of the Christmas holiday, Nigerian airline operators have increased the cost of their airfares.
The most expensive is Lagos to Sokoto, with some airfare costing as much as N120,000 on Saturday, 18 December 2021
Traveling by air has been a decision of many Nigerians looking to escape the insecurity challenges on the highway.
The cost of traveling by air within the country has skyrocketed in recent months amid an increase in the number of passengers trying to avoid road travels over the spate of kidnapping and other forms of insecurity.
According to report, all domestic airlines have increased airfare by over 50 percent in major routes, and flights of less than one hour now cost N100,000.
The report also noted that there are many flight delays due to bad weather frustrating many travelers while others who could not bear the pains weep at the airport terminals without succor.
According to the report, there are varying price ranges across the airlines and routes.
Economy Class one-way tickets on all routes, subject to seat availability, that was earlier sold for N33,000 were on the airlines’ platform quoted between N42,000 and N118,500 as of Sunday, 19 December 2021.
Arik Air Lagos-Sokoto economy flight tickets that used to sell for N42,000 went for between N76,800 to N106,800 on the airline’s official platform.
Lagos-Port Harcourt corridor was quoted at N68,000. Lagos-Warri costs an average of N75,000 on a one-way trip, and Air Peace’s future flights into the south range between N42,000 to N60,000.
Over the counter of agencies, it ranges between N71,000 and N121,000. Return tickets for the same class averaged N140,000 on online sales platforms.