Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committee on Aviation recently mandated that the British Airways either reduces its ticket prices on the Lagos- London routes or that it shuts down its operations in Nigeria.
“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 reportedly told the BA’s Country General Manager, Mr. Kola Olayinka, in Abuja on Monday.
The Committee also complained that Nigerians are being treated rather “shabbily” by the airline.
To prove their point, the committee argued that for instance a first class ticket on the Lagos-London-Lagos route is $9,325 while Accra-London-Accra is $5,085, showing a fare differential of $4,239 paid by Nigerians on the same distance.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Harold Damuren also argued that British Airways frequently violates regulations
“One of the issues we have battled with them is passenger fuel surcharge. This is not excusable because this is not taxed”, he said.
According to him, BA’s total surcharges amounted to $524, which was borne by Nigerian travelers.
“They treat us the way they feel. There are over 600 registered travel agencies in Nigeria with a workforce of 5,000 people. But, the airlines, all their employees put together are not more than 250,” he added.
What do you think of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation’s recent directive to British Airways? Is it too harsh or right on the money?