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Cumulative Taxes Responsible For Increase In Airline Tickets-NANTA

Posted: Mar 21, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) on Sunday said that cumulative effect of taxes and surcharges were responsible for increase in prices of airline tickets in the country.

NANTA’s Financial Secretary, Mrs Ngozi Ngoka, who address newsmen in Lagos on resolutions made at the end of the Annual General Meeting  of the association in Ibadan, Oyo State, said the effect of taxes and surcharges generated a final price to the consumer that could be as much as double the advertised airfare for a short-haul flight.

She noted that a situation where taxes that go to the airlines were higher than base fares was not acceptable.

She therefore, appealed to the Federal Government through the Ministry of Aviation to call foreign airlines to order over alleged sharp practices.

“Consumers are often shocked by the difference between an advertised airfare and the price they ultimately pay for the airline ticket.

“The reason for the discrepancy is that the amount advertised is usually the airline’s `base’ airfare on which many surcharges and taxes are levied at the time of purchase,” she said

According to Ngoka, some foreign airlines make available on their websites fares which are much cheaper than those available on the agency booking platforms.

She noted that the practice was an unfair competition which was sending a lot of travel agencies out of business.

She also decried the astronomical cost of air tickets by foreign airlines which it claimed was ludicrous.

“A situation where air fares from Lagos to London costs between N400, 000 and N450, 000 for economic class ticket from between N150, 000 and N200, 000, simply cannot be justified, notwithstanding the falling Naira against the dollar”.

“First class ticket on British carriers and other European airlines has gone up to between N1 million and N1.5 million to N3 million,’’ she added