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Africa: 296 Flights Cancelled In 6 Months In Nigeria – Report

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At least, 296 flights were cancelled in the first half of 2019 by both local and international airlines in Nigeria.

This is as 7,071,987 passengers were recorded as inbound and outbound passengers within the same period by domestic and foreign airlines.

Also, for the first time in many years, an airline from Ghana, African World Airline (AWA) operated the highest number of flights in and out of Nigeria in the first half of 2019.

With this, the plan by the Ghanaian Government to make Accra Airport, Kotoka International Airport a regional hub is yielding result.

These were contained in a document obtained from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Monday by our correspondent.

The document indicated that in the first half of 2019, 30 airlines operated into and out of Nigeria with 55 cancelled flights, while on the local scene, 241 flights were cancelled among the nine operating scheduled airlines.

According to the document, international airlines operated 7,640 flights between January and June 2018, while the domestic operators had 30, 043 flights within the period.

According to the document, a total number of 16,482 luggage were either declared missing or delayed luggage in the Nigerian airports in the first six months of the year.

But, surprisingly, the international airlines took the lead among carriers with delayed or missing luggage with 16,291, while the nine domestic carriers recorded 191 missing or delayed luggage.

But, out of the missing 16,291 missing luggage, a total of 15,305 luggage were found, while the other 986 luggage remained unfound, according to the document from NCAA.

However, on out of the 191 luggage earlier declared missing among the local operators, 190 luggage were later recovered with the other one not recovered till date.

Also, there were 37,683 flights operated by39 carriers in the first half of 2019 into and outside Nigeria.

Among the number, international flight recorded 7,640, while domestic flights had 30,043 within the period.

No fewer than 35 overbookings took place in the first half of 2019, all happening among the local carriers.

On the international scene, international passengers recorded were 1,993,014 with 948,157 as inbound passengers while 1,044,857 were recorded as outbound passengers between January and June 2019. The number was recorded among 30 international carriers.

On the local scene, the nine airlines airlifted a total number of 5,078,973 passengers within the period under review. The total number of inbound passengers was 2,485,556, while the outbound stood at 2,493,417.

The report stated further that in the first half of 2019, a total of 75 complaints were received from passengers at local and international travels.

Of this number, the Directorate of Consumer Protection of NCAA, was able to resolve 57 cases within the period, while the other 16 cases remained unresolved by the directorate.

According to the statistics, 21 of 21 passengers complaints from international airlines were resolved, while the other 47 complaints out of 54 received from local travellers were equally resolved by the directorate.

The breakdown of the number of flights by individual airlines revealed that AWA from Ghana had the highest number of flights with 854 among the international airlines.

AWA operates daily multiple flights from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.

Also, Air Peace from Nigeria had the second-highest flights out of the country with 699 flights from its regional operations to the West Coast and other regional routes and sole operations to Shaajah from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

Also, another West African carrier, ASKY Airline from Togo, airlifted 597 passengers in and out of Nigeria in the first half, while the East African carrier, Ethiopian Airlines had 505 flights within the period.

Besides, the Middle East carrier, Emirates airline with four daily frequencies into Nigeria; Lagos and Abuja recorded 435 flights and Egypt Air with 423 flights in the same period.

Others were Air Cote D’Ivore with 239 flights, Air France, 327; Air Namibia, 139, Arik Air; 215, Badr Air; 35, British Airways; 355, Camair-Co; 22, Cronos Air; 63, Delta Air Lines; 178 and Etihad Airways with 102 flights within the period.

By Olusegun Koiki
Source: independent.ng

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