Tuesday, 27 March 2012

FG gives British Airways and Virgin Atlantic 30 days ultimatum to reduce fare

We wrote a post prior to this about unfair airline prices. Recent investigations showed that Ghanaians were charged less than Nigerians for travelling to European countries. The FG has finally taken action against the issue, they gave foreign airlines operating in the counrty 30 days ultimatum to reduce fares or face ban. The minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah made this announcement on Monday.
Finally the FG is listening to us. Continue to read full story
Stella Oduah said Nigeria remained an important and lucrative route for the international airlines, warning that anyone not ready to treat Nigerians with equity and dignity would be barred from operating in the country.

Its civil aviation authority fined the two airlines last year a combined $235 million for fixing prices. BA, which is owned by International Airlines Group and Virgin, rejected the accusation.
“We are seriously concerned and worried by the reluctance to restore parity within the region by the foreign airlines,” Mrs Oduah said in a statement.

“They have been using all kinds of delay tactics, this is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated… (we will) resolve this issue once and for all.”
Britain said only business and first class fares were more expensive to Nigeria than neighbouring countries because of high demand for those seats. It also said banning BA and Virgin would break a bilateral air services agreement.

“It (the ban) would cause potential foreign investors to question whether they want to put their money in Nigeria and have a long-term and damaging effect on Nigeria’s growth,” the British High Commission spokesman said.

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