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Airfare Increased from N37,000 to N73,000 in One Year; Says NBS

Nigerians travelling by air paid an average of N73,267.57 for flight tickets in November 2022

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Airplane ticket prices in Nigeria increased from N37,000 to N73,000 in a year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown. 

According to the Transport Fare Watch report released by NBS on Monday, Nigerians travelling by air paid an average of N73,267.57 for flight tickets in November 2022. This represents an increase of 97.90 percent on a year-on-year basis. 

The Bureau said average airfare rose from N37,022.97 in November 2021 to N73,267.57 in November 2022 with an increase of 09 per cent on a month-on-month from N73,198.65 in October 2022 to N73,267.57 in November 2022.

The report went further to reveal that the states with the highest average prices of airplane tickets on a single journey include Taraba – N77,100, Delta — N76,500, and Bayelsa/Oyo – 76,100.

According to NBS, states with the lowest average prices for airplane tickets on a single journey were; Niger – N67,100, Gombe – N70,000 and Nasarawa – N70,100.

On a zonal analysis, a single-journey air ticket in the North Central region shows the least expensive and was priced at N71, 428.57 for November 2022, which represents a 0.17% decrease from N71,550 in October 2022.

While the South-South region shows the most expensive with an average air ticket price of N74,166.67 in November 2022, which represents a 0.02% increase from N74,150 in October 2022, Investors King learnt. 

Meanwhile, the report also disclosed that the average fare paid by commuters for bus journeys within the city per drop increased by 0.12 per cent in November 2022 on a month-on-month from N636.30 in October 2022 to N637.10.

According to the NBS, on a year-on-year basis, however, the average fare paid by commuters for bus journeys within the city per drop rose by 42.69 per cent from N446.50 recorded in November 2021.

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Nigeria to Implement Biometric Clearance Gates at International Airports by March 2024

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Nigeria is gearing up to introduce a significant upgrade to its airport security measures with the implementation of biometric clearance gates at international airports by March 2024.

This move aims to streamline passenger processing and bolster national security efforts.

Under the plan, five major international airports across Nigeria, including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, will be equipped with biometric clearance gates.

These gates will utilize advanced technology to provide seamless clearance services for passengers entering the country.

Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, emphasized that the installation of biometric gates reflects Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing border control management and adhering to global best practices.

The gates are expected to significantly reduce clearance times, with a passenger clearing in just 30 seconds.

Tunji-Ojo highlighted the gates’ dual purpose: expediting passenger processing while also enhancing national security by allowing for quick identification of persons of interest.

The initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, aiming to provide quality services to Nigerians while ensuring national security.

This modernization effort is poised to address long-standing issues of delays and improve the overall travel experience for passengers at Nigeria’s international airports.

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Foreign Embassies Given Two Weeks to Settle $5.36M in Ground Rents

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The Nigerian Government has issued a firm ultimatum to 43 foreign embassies and diplomatic houses in Abuja, the nation’s capital, demanding the settlement of outstanding ground rents totaling $5.36 million within two weeks.

In an official advertorial published by the Federal Capital Territory Administration in the Newspaper, the government emphasized the urgency of the matter.

Failure to comply within the stipulated period could result in the revocation of the rent titles held by the diplomatic entities.

The notice serves as a final warning to embassies, including prominent ones like the British High Commission, South African High Commission, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and the Embassy of Japan, among others.

These embassies and diplomatic entities have been identified as defaulters in the payment of their ground rents.

This directive underscores the Nigerian government’s commitment to ensuring compliance with legal obligations and financial commitments within its jurisdiction, regardless of the status of the entities involved.

The ultimatum is reminiscent of a similar notice issued last September to organizations in Abuja, emphasizing the importance of timely payment of annual rents.

The consequence of non-compliance, as stated in the notice, is the potential revocation of land titles.

The deadline creates a sense of urgency among the affected diplomatic missions, as failure to meet the payment deadline could lead to diplomatic tensions and logistical challenges for the embassies involved.

As the clock ticks, attention is focused on how these foreign embassies will respond to the Nigerian government’s ultimatum and whether they will meet the financial obligations within the stipulated timeframe.

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Dana Airline Check-in Counter Vandalized by Furious Passengers

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Frustration boiled over at Lagos’s Murtala Muhammed Airport on Monday as enraged passengers of Dana Airline resorted to vandalism, targeting the airline’s check-in counter.

The outburst followed repeated flight delays and abrupt cancellations that left travelers stranded for hours, some even overnight.

Reports indicate that the turmoil erupted around 6 p.m. when Dana Airline announced the cancellation of two flights bound for Port Harcourt and Owerri from Lagos.

Witnesses described scenes of chaos as passengers vented their anger by disconnecting and damaging the check-in computers.

Airport attendants bore the brunt of the ire, with reports of physical altercations between them and frustrated travelers.

The upheaval underscores growing discontent among air travelers over unreliable flight schedules and poor communication from airlines.

Dana Airline, in a statement, apologized for the disruptions, citing non-scheduled maintenance as the cause. However, the apology did little to quell the uproar.

Aviation security agencies eventually intervened, restoring order and allowing boarding to resume late into the evening.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for airlines to prioritize customer satisfaction and transparency in their operations to avoid similar incidents in the future.

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