The federal government has debunked claim that there is an increase in airfares on resumption of flight amid the COVID-19 pandemic while defending non enforcement of physical distancing protocol on board.
On July 8 local flight operation resumed at both Abuja and Lagos with the trio of Kano, Port Harcourt and Owerri airports joining on Saturday.
The resumption has been followed by report that passengers are at the receiving end of an increased airfares, a claim the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, debunked while inspecting the resumption of flight activities from Abuja to Kano and other airports.
Sirika said the fares could not have been raised because the flights are allowed to be filled to capacity.
“There is no price increase in airfares because I know that someone travelled at about N30,000, while another person told me it was N25,000 (from Abuja) to Lagos.
“So I want to assume that even if the increase had happened, like I said earlier on during the COVID-19 briefing, it will be minimal that passengers can afford,” he said.
The minister in defence of breach in physical distancing protocol by passengers that characterised flight resumption said: “Because of the nature of the airplane, the aircraft cabin is hygienic enough once you have your mask on.
“So you are safe to remain seated on your seat and where possible, we will keep the distance. Airplanes are designed in such a way that the ambient air at altitudes is clean. It is not contaminated.”