Chief Allen Onyema, Esq., Chairman, Airpeace Airlines has countered allegations of discriminatory air fares against the South East region.
In a viral video, an aggrieved passenger of the airline complained against alleged discrimination against the airline in fixing its air fares.
According to Chief Onyema, the allegations were false.
The statement read thus:
From Chief Allen Onyema, Esq., Chairman, Airpeace Airlines…
“… We do not discriminate against South East. It is the same fare that iThey are advertising their ignorance. It has become a pastime for my fellow brothers to attack me and Air Peace. We do not discriminate against South East. It is the same fare that is loaded for all the routes all over Nigeria.
Our fares start from N23,000. It progresses from there to N60,000 which is our highest economy class fare. For an aircraft that carries 136 passengers(12 business class and 124 economy) the fare is allocated as follows: N23,000 – 10seats; N27,500 – 20 seats; N30,000 – 25seats; N33,000- 15seats, N35,000 – 15seats; N42,000 – 10 seats; N47,000- 5seats; N50,000 – 5seats, N55,000 – 5seats and N60,000 – 14seats.
The above fares are loaded in the system for all the destinations- North, East, South and West. No discrimination. If the first 10 seats of N23,000 fare finishes, the system will automatically start showing the next fare which is N27,500. If the allocated seats on this finishes, it will migrate to the next until it gets to the last 14 seats which is N60,000.
So what happens is that as it is getting fuller, the higher fares would be showing up. Now, the Eastern routes, because of traffic, gets sold out faster than some places thereby showing higher fares faster but the other destinations, though slower, will also pay the same higher fares as they get fuller too.
It is highly mischievous of anyone to be accusing me and Air Peace of discrimination. It has become a pastime for people to try to make themselves popular by attacking me. They will never get that popularity but will surely reap notoriety for their deliberate falsehood.
The fare you showed me here of N95,000 is not our economy fare but our business class fare. It is very mischievous for anyone to deliberately bring out our highest business class fare for Owerri and juxtapose it against a Kano economy class fare selling at that time, thereby making the unsuspecting reader to think that the Owerri passenger is paying N95,000 for the same class of ticket the Kano person was paying N33,000 for. This is wickedness. Why are we Ibos this way?
Our fares are the cheapest in Nigeria for our type of aircraft.
I believe some of these people are paid to erroneously believe that they can run us down. I populate flights to the south east and we get get in return is this devilish envy and unbridled jealousy.
May God help us all.”