March 21, 2023

A rise in the price of aviation gas has led to an all-time excessive within the value of flight tickets for Africa’s greatest financial system, one thing Nigeria has by no means skilled within the historical past of its aviation trade. The worst half is that airline operators don’t have any resolution in sight and costs solely proceed to rise. They’re at present pleading with the federal government to intervene lest the financial system will get blown by a tsunami of a number of shutdowns.

Operators like Air Peace don’t have any resolution to the issue of rising prices. Photograph: Embraer

Steep flight prices

As of Thursday, August 18, an Airmax Jos to Lagos return ticket was N280,000 ($672), Port Harcourt to Kano N306,000 ($734), Lagos to Katsina N148,000 ($355), and Abuja to Lagos costs fall between N148,000-N155,000 ($355-$372). Abuja to Kano tickets ranges between N74,000 ($178) and N100,000 ($240). Lagos to Abuja return tickets price N200,000 ($480), Lagos to Kanu are N150,000 ($360)-N200,000 ($480), relying on the reserving time and the airline used.


Air peace’s return ticket from Abuja-Kano is between N140,000 ($336) and N160,000 ($384). A one-way ticket for a similar flight is about N78,000 ($187). A one-way ticket from Lagos to Enugu prices N150,000 ($360). These ticket costs symbolize what’s by far the very best flying price the nation has had in its total historical past.

The sharp rise in flight ticket costs might be attributed to the hovering prices of aviation gas. The price of JET A1 has shot up from N200 per liter ($0.48) final yr to a excessive, to date, this yr of N903 ($2) per liter. The gas isn’t solely costly but in addition scarce. Nigeria solely exports crude oil and relies upon solely on the importation of refined oil.

The Russia-Ukraine battle has disrupted the provision of this refined product, and that has led to a present price of operation that has made it nearly not possible for some airline corporations to outlive. Certainly, some have sadly needed to shut store. Aero Contractors, which is the oldest airline in Nigeria, has suspended flights indefinitely since mid-July. Dana Air, alternatively, had its license suspended as a consequence of operational inflation.

Extra airways prone to closure

Aviation consultants proceed to fret that if this pattern isn’t arrested, the entire trade might collapse. One such trade pundit, Goddy Ike, predicted that many extra airways might shut.

“Authorities should instantly license corporations and people…who can import these (gas) merchandise at honest costs and have them available in Nigeria in order that airways will…convey down the price of flying.”

Ike stated there is no such thing as a different means the Nigerian authorities will rectify this example if jet gas remains to be imported and the aviation corporations rely solely on that.

The Nigerian Naira has additionally depreciated, which places your entire financial system at a drawback when it comes to international change. Airways should half with big quantities of the Nigerian forex to acquire JET A1, and this additional reduces the revenue margin. Different consultants have truly reported that the airline enterprise is now not creditworthy and most corporations are on the verge of suspending service.

Air Peace has already suspended its flights to Johannesburg, South Africa, amid issues for passengers in acquiring well timed visas to go to the nation. Allen Onyema, the CEO of Air peace stated they had been now not getting adequate passengers, making flights to and from South Africa not possible to function. He concluded by saying this downside wants a joint effort from all stakeholders within the sector. Letting airline operators battle alone to stay in enterprise will solely result in extra failures, which can have an effect on your entire financial system in so some ways.

Air Peace has pulled out of South Africa amid visa points and struggles to take care of profitability. Photograph: Air Peace

The influence of fewer airways on ticket costs

In mid-July, Aero Contractors introduced that it could droop its operations as a consequence of insufferable and difficult work situations. Across the identical time, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) relinquished Dana Air of its air transport license after an audit that confirmed that the airline was unable to fulfill its monetary obligations and function secure industrial flights. What did this imply to the unit price of a flight ticket in Nigeria? You’ll be able to nearly guess.

The remaining airways needed to battle to fulfill the market demand. They noticed an elevated footfall from passengers, however the variety of out there plane didn’t improve. Consequently, ticket costs soared. Journey airfares elevated by 282% to N2.1M ($504,000) per journey by the top of July. JET A1 costs equally elevated by 86.3% in the identical month.

The journey and excursions sector can be being crippled by these overwhelming value will increase. Adeko Austin of Gatewind Travels and Excursions stated earlier this month that native flights price between N70,000 ($168) and N120,000 ($288) and worldwide tickets are someplace within the area of N600,000 ($1,440) to 1.5M ($3,600). This compares to a earlier common price of N200,000 (round $450). He stated dialogue is the best way out of the financial mess.

“The Authorities ought to present the mandatory assist to all stakeholders and air operators to allow them to have talks with the international suppliers of gas.”

He noticed that the inconvenience of restricted seats led to flight delays, along with final minute adjustments by airways making the already unhealthy scenario worse.

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