Keyamo to Air France-KLM: ‘Release lower-priced ticket fares to Nigerian travellers

As part of ways to ensure fairness in ticketing, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has urged a French airline, Air France-KLM, to release its lower-priced ticket fares to Nigerian travellers.

The minister equally expressed his administration’s open-door policy and desire to collaborate with airlines to enhance travel accessibility and affordability for Nigerians.

Keyamo made the stance during a visit paid to him by France-KLM’s Country Manager, Christine Quantin; Key Account Manager, Commercial Division; Antonia Umunna and Deputy Station Manager, Damilola Ogunseye.

It will be recalled that foreign airlines, including Air France-KLM, blocked their low-priced tickets on Nigerian routes after ticket revenue running to hundreds of millions of dollars became trapped in Nigeria over two years ago.

In recent development, the airlines, starting from March 2024, began to unblock their low-priced fares when the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, completed the payment of about $7bn backlog, which includes over $700m unremitted ticket revenue.

In view of this development, Air France-KLM expressed excitement over the intervention and successful facilitation of fund repatriation by Keyamo, saying it speaks to his desire to overcome challenges in the country’s aviation sector.

This was contained in a statement issued by Mr. Tunde Moshood, the special assistant on Media and Communications to Keyamo.

According to the statement, Air France-KLM also hailed Keyamo’s leadership in fostering a smoother relationship between their team and aviation regulatory agencies in Nigeria.

The statement reads: “During the meeting, Air France-KLM expressed appreciation for the improved facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, particularly acknowledging the enhanced experience at wing E. 

“They also extended gratitude for the Minister’s leadership in fostering a smoother relationship between their team and various aviation regulatory agencies.

“Highlighting their commitment to innovation and service excellence, Air France-KLM announced the launch of their new Airbus A330/A350 aircraft, emphasizing their dedication to deploying modern and improved aircraft services on routes within Nigeria. 

This initiative aligns with their overarching goal of providing Nigerian travelers with a superior journey experience.

“Air France-KLM commended the Minister for his intervention and successful facilitation of fund repatriation, showcasing the effectiveness of collaborative efforts in overcoming challenges within the aviation sector.”

Further in the statement, the Minister, in his response, welcomed the Air France-KLM team and expressed gratitude for their visit. 

“He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to fostering partnerships within the travel industry, emphasizing the government’s open-door policy and willingness to collaborate with airlines to enhance travel accessibility and affordability for all Nigerians.

“The courtesy visit by Air France-KLM exemplifies the mutual commitment to advancing the aviation sector in Nigeria and lays the groundwork for future collaborations aimed at delivering unparalleled travel experiences to passengers across the nation,” the statement added.

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