Chidoka Gives Hint On Airlines’ Plan To Reduce Airfare, Other Charges

Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, has given indications that airlines in the country will carry out a downward review of passengers’ airfares soon.

This, he said, followed the recommendation of the committee on aeronautical fare disparities which submitted its report Friday.

The panel submitted that the over 50 multiple charges by agencies and airline operators at airports were inimical to the overall development of the aviation industry.

The Minister said, “That is what we are going to look at and within the next one week.

We shall come out with what will be the new rates. Some of the charges will have to go, those the airlines cannot explain we would do away with and those they can explain we will find out whether they are still available in today’s world,” Chidoka said.

He said he would find out the basis for the alleged recent fuel surcharges imposed on air transportation configuration, asking, “what is the rationale for that surcharge.

“These are issues I think will be of interest to Nigerians to create a transparency in the core structure of the aviation sector,” adding; “I think that this is most important for Nigerians that we should have transparency in what constitute this cost and why we are paying for it.”

Author: News Editor

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