More and more news seems to follow the Azman Airlines suspension and I don’t think we have heard the last of it. Following the suspension of Azman flights on some northern routes, airfares to these routes have increased by over 100 percent. Interesting I would say.
According to a source Lagos-Kano flight that used to be less than N35,000 on the same route before Azman stopped its services last week is now N56,500 on Max Air on a one-way flight while it’s N73,000 on Air Peace for a return flight.
When checked we discovered that the Kano-Lagos flight for Tuesday has been fully booked.
Following the development, many passengers have continued to inundate travel agents with an inquiry on when Azman Air would resume operations.
With its suspension, some airlines have increased frequencies on the routes.
For instance, Max Air was more positioned to cash in on the suspension of Azman Air following the delivery of two new aircraft to the airline which has been deployed.
The airline which also has its operational base in Kano has increased flight frequencies to various locations including Abuja-Sokoto-Abuja; Abuja-Katsina-Abuja, and then Kano.
The airline increased the Abuja-Sokoto-Abuja flight from one daily frequency to two ditto Kano and Maiduguri.
Similarly, Aero Contractors introduced the Kano-Abuja flight a few days ago.
It was also learned that some of the routes covered by Azman Air are presently unserved like Kebbi and Gombe leaving passengers on those routes in a fix.
“We have limited options in Kano, Kaduna, and even Abuja. This industry is already suffering. We can’t afford to lose any airline even if the airline is going one route. Arik is having issues, Air Peace is experiencing capacity constraints,” a travel agent said.
An aviation analyst, Mr. Olumide Ohunayo said the development especially as it relates to increased airfares is expected with the suspension of Azman Air, but the regulator should be allowed to do its work.
Meanwhile, Azman is upbeat on resuming flight probably this week as the NCAA concludes its audit. It confirmed on its Twitter page that its schedule might be released on Wednesday for a fresh start.