Forex Woes: Turkish, British Airlines Reject Naira, Demand Payment Of Flight Tickets In Dollars

Turkish Airlines and British Airways said they will no longer issue tickets to passengers in naira following the foreign exchange woes facing Nigeria. There are fears that other foreign airlines whose funds are trapped in the Nigerian economy may follow soon.

The airlines said in a message on Thursday that Nigerian passengers can only pay for tickets in US dollars.

The development is happening few hours after Emirates Airlines announced suspension of flights to and from Nigeria beginning September 1.

Turkish Air said, “Dear Business Partner, Kindly be informed that as of today, only C and Y fare classes will be available on GDSs for sale in Nigeria, Unused tickets will be upgraded to Y and C class for voluntary reissue cases, fare and tax difference shall be collected for inbound or outbound travel.

“Multi city routes will not be combined with fares. All fare classes will be available for sale on the Turkish Airline website and mobile app.”

THE WHISTLER can report that British Airways has implemented the new policy.

British Airways economy tickets to London cost $466, premium economy $1,823 and Business $3,269.

The decision is linked to the foreign exchange belonging to foreign airlines which has been blocked by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The International Air Transport Association (AITA) had estimated the amount at $450m of funds belonging to foreign airlines trapped by the CBN.

Emirates said in July that they are owed $85m of unrepatriated funds by CBN, which they had reported to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

Four months ago, APG Interline E-Ticketing (IEG) via its travel advisory issued to its trade partners said members would commence sale of tickets in dollars.

APG IET members that use Nigerian routes are Middle East Airlines, Turkish Airlines, South Africa Airways, Egypt Air, Asky Airlines, Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc and Rwandair.

APG IET had said, “Dear travel partners, warm greetings from APG. This is to bring to your notice that with effect from April 19, 2022, GP would only accept issuing of tickets in US dollars and not Naira. This is mainly due to repatriation issues and the Forex situation in the country.

“This would most likely be a temporary measure till the Forex situation improves. Our sincere apologies for any inconveniences this may cause you and your business. Thank you for understanding.”

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  2. Sunny says

    This issues of devaluation since 1985 has been hard for the locals to survive. Hence armed robberies take place. Although now the armed robberies are under. Control but the whole situation is the cause of political corruption. . Every leader wants to have the pound of flesh. Right from the landing at airport to the time one leaves the country. Look at customs at Nigerian ports. They don’t care even if they are not paid their salaries for years. They are taking home millions every day . Because the government department taxation firs Lirs all departments are highly corrupt . They are gradually making the country poorer day by day. Whose suffering. Industries importers are in bad shapes . Systems were never in place . Corruption is the only way to earn in Nigeria. Look at power sector no proper power supplies. , generators all over Nigeria , Nigeria has its own resources but they never made use of it . God can only help the country

  3. Milky says

    Thanks very much for this new decision to sell your ticket in dollars, please instead of withdrawing service from Nigeria sell your ticket to the people in a currency u can directly repatriate to your country.

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