The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, on Monday, December 26, 2022, said airfare rose by 97.90 percent in 12 months from November 2021.
In a document titled: “Transport Fare Watch (November 2022),” the Bureau said average airfare rose from N37,022.97 in November 2021 to N73,267.57 in November 2022.
“In air travels fare, the average fare paid by air passengers for specified routes single journey, increased by 0.09 percent on a month-on-month from N73,198.65 in October 2022 to N73,267.57 in November 2022.
“On a year-on-year, the fare rose by 97.90 percent from N37,022.97 in November 2021,” it said.
The report says the average fare paid by commuters for bus journeys within the city per drop increased by 0.12 percent in November 2022 on a month-on-month from N636.30 in October 2022 to N637.10.
According to NBS, on a year-on-year, however, the average fare paid by commuters for bus journeys within the city per drop rose by 42.69 percent from N446.50 in November 2021.
The report says the average fare paid by commuters for bus journey intercity per drop rose to N3,848.48 in November 2022.
This is an increase of 0.07 percent on a month-on-month compared to the value of N3,845.81 in October 2022.
NBS said on a year-on-year, the fare prices rose by 45.53 percent from N2,644.50 in November 2021.
Aviation Fuel Scarcity: Airline Operators Warn Nigerians Of Disruptions In Flight Schedules
Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, told travelers to brace up for more flight delays and cancellations as aviation fuel scarcity bites harder.
Obiora Okonkwo, the AON spokesman, disclosed this in a statement obtained by our correspondent, in Abuja.
He said airlines are currently facing a hard time getting the commodity from suppliers which may further increase the cost of air tickets.
Okonkwo said: “there are impending disruptions in scheduled flight operations due to the scarcity of aviation fuel, otherwise known as JET-A1, which reared its ugly head again in the past few days. The scarcity will no doubt force airlines to reschedule flights leading to late operations and, or, cancellations.
“This unintended development is a pain on airline operators and a stain on the industry especially at this time of mass movement of people for the Christmas and New Year festivities.
“While we do our utmost best to manage the situation and ensure safe flight operations, we plead the understanding of the traveling public in the circumstance”, he appealed.
He, therefore, called on product importers and other marketers to as a matter of urgency “resolve this ugly situation so as to ease the stress it brings on the traveling public.”
Visa Ban: Air Peace Halts Flights To Dubai
Air travellers from Nigeria to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE, will be forced to consider alternative means of transportation in the coming days.
This came as Nigeria’s indigenous airline, Air Peace suspended flight operations to the country indefinitely.
This is coming against the backdrop of the non-issuance of visas by the UAE government to Nigerians.
Vanguard reported that the country’s immigration authorities last month announced a visa ban for Nigerians without any reason.
Also, they stated that all submitted applications are rejected and fees non-refundable.
Following the development, the management of Air Peace in a statement made available to Vanguard, stated that, “We hereby inform the public, especially our Dubai passengers, that effective from Tuesday, November 22, we shall be suspending our Dubai operations till further notice.
“This is consequent upon the persisting non-issuance of visas to Nigerian travellers by the government of the United Arab Emirates and the accompanying inconveniences.
“Air Peace has been operating into UAE even with the country’s recent travel restrictions.
“But given the heightening hurdles Nigerian travellers are facing in accessing the country, it has become imperative that we halt our operations to that destination.
“We shall provide further updates as the situation progresses.
“Passengers whose flights are affected by this development can mail our call center to attend to their concerns.”