Intl. Airlines to adjust exchange rates for tickets to N803/$1 from 18th July

International airlines in Nigeria have adjusted the exchange rate for selling tickets to Nigerians to N803/$1, according to reliable sources in the travel agency, IATA.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) informed stakeholders that the IATA exchange rate would change from N776.90/$1 to N803.90/$1.

They have advised ticket agencies to close out unfinished ticket sales by the close of business Monday to avoid a potential rise in ticket prices.

This adjustment is a response to the recent depreciation of the naira, as demand pressure exceeds the supply of foreign exchange.

Nairametrics reported last week that the exchange rate depreciated to N803.9/$1 on the I&E window, reaching its weakest level to date. It seems that this is the rate currently adopted by the airlines.

However, a quick check on the FMDQ portal indicates that rates have slightly improved, closing at N795.28/$1. The NAFEX rate closed at N772.21/$1, suggesting that rates may change again in accordance with market realities.

Airlines began benchmarking ticket sales against the value of the exchange rate at the I&E window after the Central Bank revised guidelines for the operations of the forex market.

Meanwhile, the exchange rate on the parallel market depreciated to N820/$1 on Monday while peer-to-peer traders exchanged at about N818/$1.

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