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Ticket pricing: Airlines’ exchange rate aligns with FMDQ, says IATA



The International Air Transport Association has clarified that it does not unilaterally determine the dollar-naira exchange rate used for ticket pricing by international airlines flying into Nigeria.

IATA-the global trade body representing over 290 international airlines-made the clarification against the backdrop of the recent fall in the value of the naira against the United States dollar on the international airlines’ ticketing platform.

According to the global airline body, the rate of exchange it publishes daily for the purpose of ticket pricing by international airlines flying in Nigeria is in line with the daily trading rates on the FMDQ Group Website.

As such, the group said it was not responsible for the fluctuation or stagnation of the exchange rates.

The clarification by an IATA spokesperson in Geneva read, “IATA does not unilaterally determine the exchange rate for the sale of passenger tickets in Nigeria. IATA published a daily rate of exchange (ROE) for ticket sales in Nigeria which is aligned with daily trading rates on the FMDQ Group Website. IATA does not determine the rate of exchange nor is it responsible for the fluctuation or stagnation of the rates. IATA rate of exchange for ticket sale reflects the FX trading fluctuation on the FMDQ website:2021-10-27 00:00:00=444; 2021-10-26 00:00:0=415.2; 2021-10-25 00:00:00=429; 2021-10-24 00:00:00=424.45.”

The global trade also said, “Furthermore, the fluctuation of the rate of exchange for ticket sale is not due to airline blocked funds in Nigeria. IATA and the airlines do not intend to mitigate airlines’ reduced access to foreign exchange through exchange rate fixing which is beyond their control. The resolution of the airline access to foreign exchange crisis rests with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the commercial banks.”

The shortage of dollars has forced the naira south against the United States dollar on the parallel market and other exchange rate platforms.

The developments have affected most products priced in foreign currencies including airline tickets.

Also, the inability of the CBN to sell an adequate amount of forex to foreign airlines operating in Nigeria to enable them to repatriate their ticket sales proceeds has been affecting the airlines’ operations.

Currently, foreign airlines flying into Nigeria have over $200m in unremitted ticket sales proceeds, a development that forced IATA to recently advise the Federal Government of Nigeria to address the issue urgently warning that it might hamper aviation in the country.

As things stand, the issue is still pending but there are indications that IATA is trying to meet the Nigerian government to resolve the issue amicably.

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