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NANTA condemns high airfares by foreign airlines

The National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) has approached the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) over high airfares by foreign airlines operating in Nigeria.

During a visit in Abuja to the Chief Executive Officer, FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera, NANTA’s President, Susan Akporiaye said they were at the Commission to seek its “guidance and solution-driven advice” on their face-off with foreign Airlines over “unfair airfare pricing” in Nigeria.

According to Mrs Akporiaye, the Association is committed to protecting its members and their businesses from any form of exploitation and unfair practices from any quarter, adding that the high fares and closing of lower inventories to travel agents across Nigeria is unfair.

At a news conference in Lagos early in February, NANTA had condemned what they saw as high-handedness by the foreign Airlines, which had created an uproar among the Nigerian traveling public, leading to the shutdown of many travel trade companies and consequent job losses.

Mrs Akporiaye also requested the FCCPC to assist NANTA and the Nigeria traveling public with remedies to curb the unfair practices in the downstream aviation sector as well as how best to articulate their position going forward.

“We strongly view from our professional experience and knowledge of fare mechanism that the reactions of foreign airlines on trapped funds is grossly unfair to the Nigerian traveling public and gravely threatens the survival of NANTA members,” she complained.

Responding, the FCCPC CEO, Mr Irukera,  commended the NANTA Leadership for the trust and confidence in government structured Competition and Consumer Protection ecosystem,  adding that the commission would study the issues and engage necessary interventions, which may include inviting parties and stakeholders involved.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Fany Olumoye and Tony Okerafor, Julian Osamoto