December 04, (THEWILL) – Nigeria’s biggest airline, Air Peace, has assured its passengers that it will not increase ticket fares during the Christmas season.
The airline also explained that the carrier does not discriminate against South East passengers who travel with their flights.
According to the airline, the fares are similar nationwide.
In an official statement issued on Saturday by the airline management, the carrier lamented the attacks on social media, pointing out that those attacking the airline unnecessarily are ignorant of how ticket fare pricing is done.
In the statement, Air Peace stated that “It has become a pastime for our brothers from the South East to attack Allen Onyema and Air Peace, for their selfish ends.
“Our fares start from N23,000, and progresses to N60,000 which is our highest Economy Class fare. For a 136-seat capacity aircraft(12 Business and 124 Economy), the fare is allocated thus: N23,000 – 10seats; N27,500 – 20 seats; N30,000 – 25seats; N33,000- 15seats, N35,000 – 15seats; N42,000 – 10 seats; N47,000- 5seats; N50,000 – 5seats, N55,000 – 5seats and N60,000 – 14seats.
“These fares are loaded into the system for all Air Peace destinations- North, East, South and West. No discrimination. If the first 10 seats of N23,000 fare finishes, the system will automatically start showing the next fare which is N27,500. If the allocated seats on this are booked, it will migrate to the next until it gets to the last 14 seats pegged at N60,000.
“As the aircraft gets fuller, the higher fares start showing up. The Eastern routes, because of traffic, get sold out faster than some places thereby showing higher fares faster. But the other destinations, though slower, will also pay the same higher fares as they get fuller too”.
The airline noted that it is highly mischievous of anyone to be accusing Allen Onyema and Air Peace of ethnic favouritism, adding that, it has become habitual for people to try to make themselves popular by attacking the airline.
It further stated that it is quite misleading to publish on social media a fare of N95,000 to Owerri and a fare of Kano showing N35,000 for the same date.
“The N95,000 fare is not our Economy fare but our Business fare. It is deceptive for anyone to deliberately bring out our highest Business fare for Owerri and juxtapose it against a Kano Economy fare selling at the time, thereby making the unsuspecting reader to think that the Owerri passenger is paying N95,000 for the same class of ticket which the Kano person was paying N35,000 for,” the airline explained.
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Anthony Awunor, is a business correspondent who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics (UNILAG). He is also an alumnus of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria Kaduna State. He lives in Lagos.