No increase in airfares, says FG

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has not led to an increase in airfares, the Federal Government said on Saturday.

It refuted claims that airfares had increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It stressed that since there was no physical distancing onboard airplanes, airfares would witness little or no change in prices.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this while inspecting the resumption of flight activities from Abuja to Kano and other airports.

Kano, Port Harcourt and Owerri airports resumed operations on Saturday, joining Abuja and Lagos which had resumed on July 8, 2020.

Sirika also explained why physical distancing onboard flights was not mandatory.

On airfares, he said, “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.”

Sirika said the purpose of the inspection, which was done alongside members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, was to ensure that the airports were opened in accordance to protocols established by PTF.

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