2019 Election: Aero, Arik slash fares to encourage voters

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Nigerian carriers, Aero Contractors and Arik Air, have introduced promo fares to help Nigerians who wish to travel to go and vote during the 2019 General Elections.

The airlines made the announcement in separate statements issued by their spokespersons on Monday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigerians are set to go to the polls on February 23 to elect their President and National Assembly members after the election was rescheduled.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has also fixed March 9 for the governorship and state assembly polls.

The spokesperson for Aero Contractors, Mr Chika Ubendu, said the airline embarked on the promo as its own contribution to support Nigeria’s conduct of successful elections and also to encourage the citizens to travel to where they can cast their votes.

According to him, Aero has decided to cut its fares by about 50 per cent to support Nigerians to travel without spending so much.

He said that this was an incentive for the citizens to carry out their civic responsibility during the elections.

Ubendu said effective February 18, Aero would begin the sale of tickets from N16,000 for travels between February 21 and February 25 on all her routes to encourage Nigerians to travel to their various destinations in order to cast their votes.

Similarly, Arik Air’s spokesperson, Mr Adebanji Ola , said the N16, 000 Fly-to-Vote promo was to encourage Nigerians to travel to their respective wards to cast their votes during the elections.

“The N16, 000 promotional fare is the one-way ticket cost to any domestic destination on Arik Air’s network and customers must present a valid Permanent Voters’ Card at the point of purchase and at check-in to be eligible to fly.

“The Fly-to-Vote promotion is available for sale from February 18 till March 11 for travel between February 21 and February 26 as well as March 7 till March 12.

“We have put this promotional fare in place to ameliorate the effect of the postponement on the traveling public and encourage voter participation,” he added.

Posted by Juliet Ekwebelam (Punch)

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