Arik Air tops delayed, cancelled flights chart
Between January and June 2016, domestic airlines operating in Nigeria recorded 16,353 cases of delayed flights according to a recently released report from the Consumer Protection Department of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The document which was made public on Thursday in Lagos shows that 30,100 flights were operated by eight airlines during the period under review.
According to the document, 601 flights were cancelled for various reasons by the airlines. It said the airlines in operation were Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med-View and Overland. Arik, which operated 10,261 flights, topped the chart of delayed and cancelled flights with 5,780 and 156 respectively.
Aero Contractors followed with 2,895 delayed flights and 231 cancellations out of its 4,714 flight operations, the department reported. Air Peace operated 5,366 flights with 2,328 cases of delayed flights and 12 cancelled flights, the report added. Meanwhile, the airlines attributed the delays and cancellations to the lingering scarcity of aviation fuel in the country.
A travel and tourism expert, Mr. Ikechi Uko, urged the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the issue. Uko, who is the promoter of Akwaaba African Travel and Tour Market, said acute shortage of aviation fuel had disrupted the operations of most domestic airlines in recent weeks. He said the development was not good for the industry.