Flights in the Nigerian aviation industry show inefficiency as records reveal an average of 106 flights were delayed or canceled between January and June.
The Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Muhktar Usman, mentioned this in an interactive forum with Aviation Agencies and Airlines’ Information Managers in Lagos.
‘The eight domestic airlines recorded a total of 16,880 delayed flights with 253 cancellations,’ the NCAA DG said.
‘Also, 33 airlines on the international routes recorded 2,443 delayed flights and canceled 95 flights.’ 348 flights were canceled for various reasons during the said period
While delays and cancellations occurred for different reasons and may sometimes be inevitable, Muhktar denounces incessant occurrences and insist ‘they must be done in accordance with standard civil aviation regulations.’
In addition to introducing stricter regulatory measures with commensurate enforcement structures, the NCAA has also embarked on streamlining aviation charges applicable to Nigeria to help boost performance of airlines, Mukhtar said.
He said the goal of NCAA was to continue to collaborate with other agencies and stakeholders in order to create a robust aviation industry that could contribute more to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).