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Domestic Airlines in Nigeria Reduce Fares to win Passengers



It has been revealed that most domestic airline operators in Nigeria have reduced their fares in order to win back passengers. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the move was to encourage travellers who could not afford the high fares.

Arik Air, which sold its one-way ticket last week for between N30,000 and N40,000 to any destination in the country from Abuja, has reduced it to between N30,00 and N35,000 for economy class and N45,000 for business class.

Aero Contractors tickets, which were sold for N28,000 economy and N50,000 business class from Abuja, have dropped to N21,400 and N49,000 respectively, while IRS charges between N22,000 and N25,000 for economy and N50,000 for business flyers.

Med-View, a new airline which started operation last week, charges between N15,000 and N19,000 for economy ticket and N49,000 on business class from Abuja to Lagos.

A Business Development Manager for one of the leading Nigerian airlines told NAN that the airline had reduced its fare to gain more business opportunities adding that the move would also help the airline to mitigate losses occasioned by flying with empty seats.

This sounds like welcoming news for most local travellers especially at a time when most airlines rather tend to increase their fares for the end of year rush. N15,000 and N19,000 for economy ticket sure sounds like a good bargain. However, NAN noted that the rise in number of local airlines might have  prompted the airlines to reduce their fares.

Have you travelled within Nigeria by air recently? Did you notice any slash in fares from local airlines?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. j

    November 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Still HIGH!

  2. Chum chum

    November 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

    They can do better..

  3. ANNON

    November 13, 2012 at 10:09 am


  4. ofilispeaks

    November 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

    lol…there has been no slice in price. Basically they are charging what they should have been charging. Back then it cost like 15K to get an economy ticket, but with Dana and Air Nigeria grounded Arik and Aero started charging 25K to 30K for a one way ticket! Now that Med-View airlines has joined and there is more competition they have reduced pricing to what it was meant to be.

    So the question, has ticket price reduced has to be taken context, because yes it has reduced, but only because airlines were charging really high before.

  5. nino

    November 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    N1000 difference…hiss

  6. shydiva

    November 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Well said ofili!!! i have to calculate my expenses before i think of travelling home. So Annoying.

  7. faith

    November 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    its still on d high side…10k 15k is ok…

  8. Sunny

    November 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    5-10000 should have been more appropriate.

  9. hmmmmmmmmmm

    November 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Med-view *alarm bells*

  10. perpetua

    January 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    pls it is still on d high side. do something to reduce d cost……………….

  11. stellamaris

    January 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    pls hw much is ur fare from Lagos to calabar

  12. stellamaris

    January 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    hello mr moderator,am still waiting

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