Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, has reviewed its baggage policy amid rising cost of operation, as the company seek to increase revenue from other earning sources aside from the flight ticket sales.
In a statement released on Thursday, Air Peace stated that excess baggage fee on its passenger flight has been increased to N1,000 per kilogram (kg) for excess luggage, from its previous price of N500.
The change was followed with a review in baggage allowance for economy and business classes. Air Peace notified customers via its website that economy baggage allowance is now 15kg, while business class is 30kg.
Prime Business Africa gathered that baggage allowance for both economy and business classes were previously set at 20kg and 40kg respectively, however, effective from September 1, 2022, “the baggage allowance will be 15kg in economy class, [and] 30kg in business class.” Air Peace said.
In a statement conveying the new changes in its baggage policy, the airline said, “Baggage in excess of the specified weight will attract a fee of N1,000 per kilogram to be paid at the airport.”
Air Peace had reviewed the baggage policy at a time operation expenses is affecting the revenue of airlines, as they struggle with rising JET A!, better known as aviation fuel, and also scarcity and costly foreign exchange.
Avaition fuel had skyrocketed from N200 in major states across Nigeria in second half of 2021, to N880 and N903 in some part of Northern states, N780 in Abuja, as well as N740 in Lagos State.
With the naira also depreciating against the dollar, the airlines have had to pay more to obtain forex for their international transactions like maintenance of aircraft, and the scarcity of dollars have further increased the exchange rate.