The Federal Ministry of Aviation has investigated British Airways and Virgin Atlantic with respect to the discriminatory and unacceptable prices of air fares between the Lagos-London and Abuja-London Routes, thereby creating regional fare disparity and imbalance.
In a statement signed by Joe Obi, SA (Media) to the Hon. Minister of Aviation , the Ministry condemns this practice in its totality, vowing it will take all necessary action to protect Nigerian citizens from exploitation that arises from a price regime that is highly restrictive and discriminatory. The statement reads in part;
“ This is in spite of the fact that the Lagos-London Route is one of the highest and most lucrative yields which ought to attract one of the lowest fares in the region. Accordingly, the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah will direct that this regional imbalance should stop forthwith|.
“ Furthermore, the Honourable Minister has observed with utter dismay the inequitable treatment meted out to Arik Air in denying its fleet access into Heathrow Airport from Abuja. As a result, the airline has been compelled to discontinue its flight operations from Abuja to Heathrow which has impacted negatively on the passengers on this route.
“ Finally, the Hon.Minister wants to assure Nigerians that appropriate action is being taken in this regard to redress the situation”.