26 April 2016
In reports by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, a total of 8,478 cases of delayed flights were recorded by domestic airlines operating in the country in the first quarter of 2016. This report was filed in a document issued by the NCAA’s Consumer Protection Department.
The airlines reviewed are Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med View and Overland. Arik topped the list of delayed and cancelled flights with 2,801 and 99 respectively. It was closely followed by Aero Contractors, which recorded 1,762 delayed flights and 94 cancellations out of its total 2,832 operations. Stating Statistics for Air Peace, it operated 2,686 flights with a count of 1,175 delayed flights and 4 cancellations.
One of the airlines involved, Arik Air, stated through its Communications Manager, Mr. Ola Adebanji, that these delays and cancellations were as a result of the lingering scarcity of aviation fuel.
“With over a hundred flights daily, this limited supply of aviation fuel has resulted, regrettably, into flight delays and sometimes outright cancellations. We appeal to our valued passengers to bear with us at this time, even as we remain committed to providing safe and comfortable flight experience,’’