Recession: 20% Airfare Increase Causes Low Air Traffic |The Republican News

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• Aero yet to resume flights in Abuja

The usual heavy passengers traffic associated with Yuletide at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, yesterday was not there due to the recession and hike in fares.

Checks with various airlines showed that most flights were not fully booked, while the prices of tickets had been increased across all destinations.

Station Manager, Azman Air, MrAbdullahi Saroke, said the traffic was low compared to the previous year, attributing the situation to the economic recession.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that many airlines were not fully booked as against the usual rush that was associated with festive periods, adding that the airlines were struggling to survive the hardship.

He also said there was about 20 per cent hike in air fares.

“The traffic is very low compared to last year, because the country is in recession and you don’t expect people to fly by air that much in a country that is in recession.

“Despite the fact that our roads are not too motorable, people have decided to stay away from the airports. (The Nation)

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