The Federal government has come out to say that it is not considering any increment in airfares amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi revealed this today while inspecting resumption of flights at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
According to him, because there cannot be physical distancing among air passengers, it does not make any sense to increase the cost of air tickets.
He added that even if there is going to be an increase, it would surely be something minimal that passengers will be able to afford.
His words, “There is no price increase in airfares because I know that someone travelled at about N30,000, while another person told me it was N25,000 (from Abuja) to Lagos.”
“So I want to assume that even if the increase had happened like I said earlier on during the COVID-19 briefing, it will be minimal that passengers can afford. Because of the nature of the airplane, the aircraft cabin is hygienic enough once you have your mask on.”
“You are safe to remain seated on your seat and where possible, we will keep the distance. Airplanes are designed in such a way that the ambient air at altitudes is clean. It is not contaminated.”