As #EndSARS protests against police brutality has gained momentum across the country, airfares on domestic routes have also increased.
Over the weekend, there had been an increase in the price regime as reflected on weekend flights for one-way trips from Lagos to Abuja.
Previously, the cost of flights ranged from N27,000 to N38,000 depending on the class of ticket purchased.
However, Arik Air increased their price to N43, 944 for economy and N99,176 for business class tickets on Sunday. For Arik, between N34,310 and N87,812 for flexible economy and business class respectively. Dana Air prices ranged between N36,000 to N42,300 for economy Saver while Economy Flexible stood at N47,000.
Prices on Air Peace ranged from N38,800 to N60,000 for economy flexi and N80,000 for business class on Sunday.
A potential passenger Wilson who wanted to book a flight to Abuja told newsmen that the increase in airfares would make him settle for a bus instead.
“I will rather take a bus to Abuja, seeing the increase in flight tickets,” he said.
Spokesperson for Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, said the increase in fares was not related to the planned protest.
“We are always saying book early to get the best fares. We also have a progressive fare regime, whereas the flights are getting full, the fares will be increasing gradually. That is not to say there was a deliberate fare increase over the weekend. This is normal industry metrics,” he said
Stanley Olisa, spokesperson of Air Peace, said, “That is our fare. The fares differ. It was not increased because of anything. Nothing must has influenced it.”
Aviation analyst, Olumide Ohunayo, said the increase in flight tickets over the weekend could be linked to an increase in demand in terms of flight activities.