Fact-check: Does Lagos to London Flight Costs $2,000 Than Cotonou to London Flight?

Fact-check: Does Lagos to London Flight Costs $2,000 Than Cotonou to London Flight?

  Claim: In a viral tweet, a Twitter user claimed that the price difference on the same day between a Lagos to London flight and a Cotonou to London flight is over $2,000.   Verdict:  Exaggerated and misleading   Full story:  A Twitter user, Dr. Yakubu Sani Wudil, an “assistant professor” at King Fahd University, Saudi

 

Claim: In a viral tweet, a Twitter user claimed that the price difference on the same day between a Lagos to London flight and a Cotonou to London flight is over $2,000.
 

Verdict: 
Exaggerated and misleading

 
Full story: 

A Twitter user, Dr. Yakubu Sani Wudil, an “assistant professor” at King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia (as revealed by his Twitter profile), tweeted an image which is a collage of snapshots of flight prices from Lagos to London and from Cotonou to London.

 
The image was shared with the caption “Cotonou to London –472 USD, Lagos to London – 2,462 USD. Same day, same time, almost equal distance. Why is everyone taking advantage of Nigerians?”. See a screenshot of the tweet below:

The tweet has now had over 1.6 million views, 11,600 likes, 6,000 retweets and 779 quote tweets. The tweet has since generated enragement among some Twitter users, with some commentators attributing the outrageous difference to corruption and the failure of government policies in Nigeria. Instances of such reactions are seen here, here and here.

 
The virality of this tweet and the enragement which it is triggering supports the need to fact-check the claim.

 
Verification:

Google reverse image search was performed on the picture to find the possible airline from which the flight information contained in the image was generated, as no information about the airline is contained in the image.

 
The first image that came back as visual matches one of the pictures shared on the Twitter post. The image also contained information of flight bookings with Turkish airlines, accompanied by link to an article about Turkish airline. By this revelation, it became clear that the Twitter image was obtained from Turkish airline website.

An attempt was therefore made to book one-way flights on the Turkish airline website from both Lagos and Cotonou to London, using the two available options of economy and business classes. The flights were booked for the same date on the Twitter image, which was July 21, and to the same airport, the Heathrow airport.

 
The exact match of the image generated on the Turkish airline website and the one shared by the Twitter user gives credence to the initial assumption that the Twitter image was also generated on the same website.

 
Lagos/Cotonou to London by Economy

The result shows the cheapest Turkish airline flight for economy class from Lagos to London on Friday, July 21 cost $1,247, while the same airline flight from Cotonou to London for the same category on the same day costs $476, giving a difference of $771.

 
Lagos/Cotonou to London by business Class

For the business class, the cheapest Turkish airline from Lagos to London flight for Friday, July 21 cost $2,798, while the same airline flight from Cotonou to London for the same category on the same day cost $1,763, giving a difference of $1,035.

A collage of the snapshots of the flight costs is attached below. The first two images are for the economy class, while the last two are for the business class.

Conclusion:

Comparing the flight cost difference between Turkish airline flights from Lagos to London and from Cotonou to London for the two available classes of economy and business separately shows that the highest difference is about $1,000, as against the over $2,000 published by the Twitter user and reshared by many others.

A difference of over $2,000 dollars in the two flight costs can only be obtained by comparing the flight cost from Lagos to London for the business class with the flight cost from Cotonou to London, which would be inappropriate.

It is therefore concluded that the acclaimed price difference is exaggerated and misleading.

Gideon Adeyeni
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