×
  • News - North Central - FCT
  • Updated: April 11, 2024

Protect Air Peace from foreign airlines’ price wars, group tells govt

Protect Air Peace from foreign airlines’ price wars, group

The National Civil Society Council of Nigeria (NCSCN) is urging the federal government to consider granting Air Peace a tax waiver amidst ongoing price competition among foreign airline operators in Nigeria.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Blessing Akinlosotu, the Executive Director of NCSCN, noted that that the pricing war began from Air Peace's entry into the Lagos-London route.

Akinlosotu emphasized that Air Peace's recent launch of a Lagos-London flight at significantly reduced rates has exposed the years of exploitation endured by Nigerian travelers at the hands of foreign operators and larger players. This has led to a pricing war among airlines attempting to undercut each other.

He pointed out that foreign operators have monopolized the lucrative Lagos-London route for decades, taking advantage of Nigerian travelers who pay some of the highest fares in Africa, while passengers from other countries pay considerably lower rates for the same destination.

Akinlosotu also highlighted the steep charges for economy class tickets on the Lagos-Istanbul route with Turkish Airlines, reaching N874,661, and N1,980,876 for business class tickets.

“Nigerian travellers experienced the same with other foreign operators such as British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, KLM/Air France, Air Maroc and Ethiopian Airlines.

“Before the foreign operators conspired to increase fares, the economy class tickets on the Nigeria-UK route were between N400,000 and N650,000, depending on the booking period, while business class tickets were between N800,000 and N1.2 million,” he said.

Akinlosotu said the commencement of Air Peace flights to London had further exposed the exploitation, adding that the foreign carriers, out of fears of losing their Nigerian passengers to Air Peace, had engaged in price wars for survival.

According to him, NCSCN discovered that the majority of the foreign operators on the Lagos/London destination have now drastically slashed fares to the point of charging lower than the Air Peace.

This, according to the CSO, is just to run the patriotic indigenous operator out of business and thereafter return to the price hike regime.

Akinlosotu called on the federal government and all Nigerians to see the actions of the foreign carriers as a national challenge and save the most patriotic and progressive indigenous operator, Air Peace, from the international aeropolitics of foreign airlines.

The airlines, according to him, are seriously threatened by the rising profile and business strategies of a Nigerian operator with impressive global records of flight operations between Nigeria and other countries like China, the UAE, Israel, Brazil and South Africa during the pandemic.

“Air Peace has really exposed the foreign operators, just like GLO Nigeria did to the foreign telecom providers.

“Who would have imagined the possibility of all foreign operators coming down so low in pricing if not for the entrance and intervention of the Air Peace?

“Air Peace must be protected, rewarded, and honoured for this patriotic gesture and we urge all Nigerians to patronise Air Peace, as this will save our naira and further grow our national economy,” he said.

According to him, all the foreign operators repatriate their profits and funds to their home countries but Air Peace is indigenous and reinvents profits here in Nigeria to the advantage of the naira.

“We, therefore, appeal passionately to President Bola Tinubu, as an accomplished businessman himself, to help the airline by granting a waiver of the one-year tax holiday.

“This will go a very long way in keeping this patriotic indigenous operator afloat against the foreign unsought.

“The foreign conspiracy must not be allowed to prevail over Nigeria.

“We have already mapped out plans and actionable strategies to mobilise Nigerians and other well-meaning nationals in favour of Air Peace in the ongoing pricing warfare within this month of April,” he said. 

Related Topics

Join our Telegram platform to get news update Join Now

0 Comment(s)

See this post in...

Notice

We have selected third parties to use cookies for technical purposes as specified in the Cookie Policy. Use the “Accept All” button to consent or “Customize” button to set your cookie tracking settings