House of Representatives directs BA to reduce ticket prices
Nigerian government and aviation agencies tumble over each other to condemn the high fares charged by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways on the Lagos-London route. The Aviation Committee of the House of Representatives yesterday also joined the chorus of disapproval:
“Our people are suffering and they are complaining. Reduce your fares or quit; it is either you tell us that you will reduce them or you quit”, Chairman of the House committee, Mrs. Nkiruka Onyejeocha, told the BA’s Country General Manager, Mr. Kola Olayinka, in Abuja on Monday.
Meanwhile, ordinary Nigerian customers are also criticising the government and aviation agencies for their arbitrary attack on the British airlines, in what is now called ‘faregate’, on the webpage of the minister of aviation. They blame the high airport charges in Nigeria, the lack of infrastructure, the lack of a viable national carrier, as well as the hypocrisy of Nigerian politicians who take pride in flying First Class on foreign airlines.