- Travelling out of Nigeria is getting increasingly expensive on a daily basis as a result of international airline complaints about blocked cash
- Worse, some airlines are now asking that Nigerians pay in dollars, leaving them to pay more compared to other countries
- Nigerians looking for alternatives may be disappointed since flight tickets to the United States are nearly as expensive as in other African countries
Nigerians wishing to fly overseas are increasingly finding it harder to book flights with international airlines in Nigeria as they protest the release of their over $300 million blocked funds.
Emirates, for example, has chosen to suspend operations in Nigeria from September, while British Airways and Turkish Airlines have already informed customers that they would no longer offer tickets in naira but in dollars.
With the obvious forex scarcity, many Nigerians have begun to devise strategies to obtain cheaper foreign tickets, with some travelling to neighbouring countries.
The Punch reports how Nigerians now contact travelling Agents in Ghana to connect flights.
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The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, Susan Akporiaye, also confirmed the development revealing that Nigerians are now travelling from Accra, Ghana, to London, Canada and other frequently visited destinations.
According to a BusinessDay report, Nigerians are now paying three times higher airfares than other countries
The report Nigerian travellers pay more than N1.2 million for one-way economy flight tickets lasting about six to eight hours and over N4 million for a business class ticket.
It also added that round trip tickets go for N3 million for the economy and N7 million for business class tickets.
Countries with the cheapest flight ticket
Check on Kayak, an American online travel agency, details what it cost to travel from African major cities to the US as of Wednesday, 24, 2022.
Average price from Africa to New york for flight schedule from 25 September 2022 economy ticket:
- Lagos- $3,783 (N2.5 million at the black exchange rate of N680/$)
- Ghana- $3,161
- Togo- $5,197
- South Africa- $1,597
- Kenya- $5,948
- Republic of Benin- $3,447
- Egypt- $2,231
Pilots reportedly sleep
In another development, a serious tragic incident was averted after pilots flying Ethiopian Airlines missed landing.
The pilots were reportedly asleep while approaching the airport, leading to panic among passengers.
Ethiopian Airlines have now decided to suspend the two pilots with further investigation to be carried out.