Due to the increase in the price of aviation fuel known as Jet-AI, flight tickets for major airlines in the country have skyrocketed by almost 40 percent.
The Jet A1 scarcity has reportedly worsened and is more expensive in cities like Abuja, Kano, Sokoto and Yola where it is sold for as much as N250 per litre.
Airline operators lament that the scarcity has continued to worsen as many airline operators are at the mercy of marketers to operate their scheduled flights.
Consequently, a return ticket on the popular Abuja-Lagos route for the major domestic airlines is now between N70,000 to N88,000.
Arik Airline, the nation’s largest carrier, charges between N70,740 and N76,000 for Abuja-Lagos return flight tickets; Medview Airline charges between N86,000 and N88,000 and Dana Airline charges N73,800 for return flight tickets on the same route.
Dana Air spokesman, Mr. Kingsley Okwudili, said the development has remained the same with the scarcity of Jet A1, adding, however, that the airline had managed to operate all its scheduled flights albeit with minor delays.
Passengers have been urged to bear with the airlines when there is a flight delay these days because of the difficulty in getting the aviation fuel.
Sources say the skyrocketing fuel price may further force airlines to adjust their fare to cope with increasing cost of operations precipitated by the scarcity of Jet A1.
Recall that last week, The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, sanctioned Arik Air for its inability to ferry passengers luggage over 48 hours after arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos from London.
The airline was ordered to pay each passenger whose luggage was left behind in London $150 and given 24 hours to ferry all the luggage to Lagos.