Johannesburg – High cost of air ticket on Nigeria-South Africa route has scuttled the plans of many Nigerians resident in the country to travel home for Christmas.
Some of them said they were disappointed at the high cost of fare, which in some cases went up by more than 200 per cent.
Dotun Olubadejo, a medical doctor, said: “It is unbelievable that the cost of ticket between Johannesburg and Lagos now goes for as much as 2,000 Rand (N300,000). The same ticket you could get for less than 700 Rand (N120,000.00).”
He said apart from the high cost of the ticket, it was also difficult to secure a seat for the return journey, which would be risky if one was to resume work immediately after the holiday.
“Having weighed all the options, I decided to celebrate the Christmas here,” Olubadejo added.
Chidi Okereke, a businessman, also said some of the airline operators were exploiting the desperation of intending travellers.
He said: My brother, it is tough. If you are desperate to travel to Nigeria now you have to pay extra. Some airline operators are making money out of this situation.
“It is either they tell you that there is no seat the day you want to go or no seat the day you want to come back. But once you offer to pay them something extra, they will make seat available on the days you want. So if you want travel, you have to play ball.
“It is mandatory for some of us to travel either for family engagement or for the feeling of being with your people during the festive period.
“Some people save money for this annually. In my own case, I have to go because I will turn 40 on December 28, and I just completed my house in the village to mark my birthday.”