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Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by dre11(m): 6:57am On Sep 10
• Economy class ranges from N700,000 to N800,000

• Barred carriers endorse passengers on other airlines

The reciprocity policy being enforced by Nigeria that shut out some European nations’ carriers from operating into the country, is taking a huge toll on many Nigerians. Those affected by the policy are passengers that already booked on the airlines with preparation to coming home or leaving the country immediately resumption of international flights was announced. This is coming amid 1,280 reduced capacity some airlines cleared for Abuja and Lagos were handed, which has further limited they can carry coupled with staggered schedule.

Passengers to France, Netherlands and Germany are said to seek alternative bookings with Virgin Atlantic, which has been cleared, but slated its resumption to September 24, while British Airways had already begun flight services to Nigeria. Consequently, the action has led to astronomical rise in fares by nearly 100 per cent as many of the barred carriers endorsed their already booked passengers on British Airways, Emirates, and Delta, among others.

But a source in the Presidency, who spoke to New Telegraph under condition of anonymity, said government was more concerned with curtailing the virus and preventing a second shutdown of the airspace rather than economic benefits for now. The Federal Government had, last week, barred Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Angolan TAG, Air Namibia and Royal Air Maroc from operating flights into Nigeria. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, listed British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, AWA, and Middle East Airlines as airlines permitted into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

He also listed Egyptair, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish Airlines, AWA, Kenya Airways and Middle East Airlines as airlines allowed to operate into Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Explaining the reasons for the ban and the principle of reciprocity being applied to some countries, Sirika said Nigeria was simply following what each country had done to the country.

He said the country would go ahead and implement the principle of reciprocity to all countries that had banned flights from Nigeria. Some of the countries, which had banned flights from Nigeria, are in the European Union as the EU included Nigeria on the banned countries on July 1st when they opened their airspace. Managing Director, Tour Brokers International, Mrs. Uloma Egbuna, said the implication was not just for people booked to travel to Europe, she stated that it was for every traveller. According to her, “For those who are booked to travel to Europe, it is the responsibility of the European carriers to endorse them to other airlines.

What is happening now is that a number of them are being endorsed on British Airways which is why BA is fully booked at the moment. “For people on Air France, KLM, for example, who are going to the U.S., they are endorsing them on Delta Airlines. You know that KLM-Air France and Delta have a partnership or alliance. They are endorsing them to Delta.” She noted that the implication of the policy had made air fares to be very expensive.

“You can imagine getting an economy ticket to London for over N800,000. Even in peak period, you never get that type of fare for economic ticket to London. But for now, just to book a ticket to London on return on BA is over N800,000. On Emirates Airline, which is usually the cheapest, it is as high as N600,000, Virgin Atlantic is over N700,000. “It is outrageous. It is all happening because of this. It is not just affecting those already booked to travel to Europe, it is affecting general travelling public.

Fares are so high at this point in time,” she told New Telegraph. President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), Susan Akporiaye, corroborated Egbuna, stressing that there was not much in terms of capacity from the three zones of Europe barred by the Federal Government.

Akporiaye said: “Of course, it is going to create scarcity because these few airlines are not going to be enough. We are still going to have scarcity of seats, meaning the fares are going to be high.” Managing Director of Touchdown Travels and General Sales Agent (GSA) for British Airways, Mr. Dayo Adeola, however, disagreed that it had major implication for air travel. According to him, “Most Nigerians don’t go to Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt; they are just passing by. They will give the other carriers opportunity to carry them, but in terms of the Nigerian market, they are technically in low season now.

It does not have much impact for now because the other countries of the world have not opened.” A former President of NANTA, Mr. Bernard Bankole, said the key word in aviation was safety, adding that the Federal Government was more concerned with safety. Bankole stated that the restriction was expected to be eased in a matter of days, stressing that nobody should fault government for adopting safety measures in the fight against the pandemic by reducing airlines’ capacity.

“The airlines may be losing money, may be operating below capacity. It is a temporary measure. If in another three weeks it is like this, then, there is a problem. “We have engaged the Director- General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and we have gotten approval in principle to make an adjustment because at the end of the day, what you and I should be thinking is to curtail the spread of COVID-19 through our airports. “We might be forced to shut down again if it happens again which will not be to the benefit of any of us.”

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by helinues: 7:00am On Sep 10
Fare rise is certain now.

Nigerians thinking of relocating to abroad should think twice... Every country is currently facing economy challenges...

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by donbachi(m): 7:08am On Sep 10
What is dat single thing or policy dat favours the citizens of nigeria?very senseless government.

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by LoveNbeloved: 7:09am On Sep 10
Dre11, go get that news of 'beneficiaries of tradermoni unwilling to repay 10k loan disbursed by VP". Punch has published it.
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by LawLab247: 7:12am On Sep 10
Ok
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by BigBelleControl(m): 7:22am On Sep 10
They need to reach a compromise because we know the reason the EU banned airlines from Nigeria and some other countries including the US is due to the pandemic.
Those that will feel the pains are the travellers.
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by doggedfighter(f): 7:30am On Sep 10
Matters arising
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Maxymilliano(m): 7:35am On Sep 10
The reciprocity policy being enforced by Nigeria that shut out some European nations’ carriers from operating into the country, is taking a huge toll on many Nigerians.


Most of the policies put in place by this clueless government are ill conceived, there's hardly any to point out as being masses-friendly.

It's over a year since the border closure, yet despite the supposed increased in revenue generation by the Customs, food insecurity is on the increase and it has been from bad to worse for the masses.

Pray, tell, of what use is the border closure when as a government, you can't guarantee food sufficiency in the short run ?

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by JenniferAkpamu(f): 11:12am On Sep 10
These are very trying times for the world at large.

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by JenniferAkpamu(f): 11:14am On Sep 10
Maxymilliano:


Most of the policies put in place by this clueless government are ill conceived, there's hardly any to point out as being masses-friendly.

It's over a year since the border closure, yet despite the supposed increased in revenue generation by the Customs, food insecurity is on the increase and it has been from bad to worse for the masses.

Pray, tell, of what use is the border closure when as a government, you can't guarantee food sufficiency in the short run ?
No tink am too much otherwise you will just be unnecessarily angry. Impotent rage tinz.

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Chindaibezim: 11:54am On Sep 10
cool
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Slawormir: 11:54am On Sep 10
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Na everything them dey take advantage of take dey increase price

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by ratiken(m): 11:55am On Sep 10
I thought a lot of countries in Europe and Canada are not allowing visitor visas into their country yet due to covid restrictions..... what is driving the travel volumes?

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by limanorth12: 11:56am On Sep 10
as expected

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Firstcitizen: 11:56am On Sep 10
helinues:
Fare rise is certain now.

Nigerians thinking of relocating to abroad should think twice... Every country is currently facing economy challenges...

Mr Nairaland special adviser.

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Jaqenhghar: 11:56am On Sep 10
800k. To where? shocked

Try flying out from Ghana nah

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by MGab27(m): 11:57am On Sep 10
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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by obailala(m): 11:57am On Sep 10
Everyone should stay at home...
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by YorubaKinging: 11:57am On Sep 10
The end is near oooooo

I see war
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Macsjebs(m): 11:57am On Sep 10
Macsjebs:
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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by chicoMX(m): 11:58am On Sep 10
Everything is on the rise in this country, except salary.

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by folarr(m): 11:59am On Sep 10
They said that the reason they banned those airlines from entering Nigeria is because they banned Nigerian airlines from entering, as an act of retaliation? My question is which Nigerian airline operates scheduled flights to France? or the Netherlands? or Germany? I don't know why the FG is always acting like a bunch of 5-year olds

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Stephenmoka4(m): 12:00pm On Sep 10
What ... Nigeria why. The ones that want to go out will still go out.
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Kendumazy(m): 12:01pm On Sep 10
Hmmm
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by brosom(m): 12:01pm On Sep 10
Abeg make una wait make I comot this country before I go hear say dem don close border again grin
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Matrimonous: 12:02pm On Sep 10
I support the ban. That's a route to earning some respect among commity of nations.
Eye for eye.

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by cmecproblem(m): 12:02pm On Sep 10
Why're people in a rush to travel out? Corona is still wiping out there. If demand is low the ticket prices will remain normal.
Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by nkay2020: 12:03pm On Sep 10
Thank you all I have got my money

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Re: Ban On Foreign Airlines Triggers Fare Rise by Stephenmoka4(m): 12:04pm On Sep 10
cmecproblem:
Why're people in a rush to travel out? Corona is still wiping out there. If demand is low the ticket prices will remain normal.
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