Recently, an online travel agency, Kiwi.com – formerly known as Skypicker, produced a ranking of countries that offer the most expensive flights. Out of the 75 countries surveyed, Nigeria ranked 42nd with an average flight cost of US$17.93 per 100km of travel for both domestic and international flights. That puts Nigeria among the top 35 countries on the list.
“Understanding the least expensive countries from which to fly brings immense value to travellers when planning their next getaway. The public may never understand how and when flight ticket prices change; however, they now know which countries allow them to travel further on a budget,” said Oliver Dlouhý, CEO of Kiwi.com.
How was the ranking calculated?
1. Kiwi.com analyzed over one million flights from low-cost and legacy airlines in the 75 most visited countries in the world.
2. The ranking factored in the average ticket cost per 100/km on both domestic and international flights.
3. The price for domestic flights was calculated by finding an average of flight costs from a country’s capital to up to five major cities (where available), or a major city in a neighboring country where no domestic flights were available.
4. The international costs were calculated from the capital of each country to up to five international hubs on the same continent.
So, how could Nigeria have ranked higher on the list?
Since the fall in oil price started in 2014, Nigeria has been grappling with several economic issues. The country has also been trying to stop its currency from falling. As a result of this, the government put stringent monetary policies in place to save the Naira. However, these policies drove foreign investors away, including international airlines.
About two weeks ago, it was reported that some international airlines, formerly based in Nigeria, started relocating their offices to Accra, Ghana. These airlines now come from Accra to pick passengers in Nigeria before embarking on their different international journeys. However, the airline operators said that they had to embark on their journey from Accra because of the high cost and scarcity of aviation fuel in Nigeria, a result of unfriendly policies made by the government and the low value of the naira.
Aviation fuel, which sold for N105 in March, now sells for N200 in Lagos and N240 outside Lagos. While in Ghana, the same aviation fuel sells between N110 and N120. Because of this huge price difference, as well as the scarcity in Nigeria, the airlines have to move their operations to Accra as against staying in Lagos or Abuja.
The research from kiwi.com revealed that India offered the least expensive domestic flights on both low cost and legacy airlines, at $2.27 and $2.67 respectively per 100km of travel. China offered the least expensive international flights on both low cost and legacy airlines, at $1.22 and $2.84 respectively per 100km of travel. United Arab Emirates offered the most expensive domestic flights on both low cost and legacy airlines, at $181.38 and $202.36 respectively per 100km of travel. Canada offered the most expensive international flights on both low cost and legacy airlines, at $43.70 and $94.66 respectively per 100km of travel.
See complete table below: