By David Olalekan.
The Consumer Protection Department of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has revealed that about 16,429 cases of delayed flights were recorded between January and June 2019.
According to a report issued by the NCAA in Lagos today, about 30,043 flights were operated by nine domestic airlines within the period under review.
The airlines include: Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, Med-View, Overland, Max Air and Ibom Air.
The report further highlighted that Air Peace topped the chart of delayed flights with 6,359 and 91 cancelled flights, having operated 11,889 flights.
Arik Air followed with 2,306 delayed flights and 41 cancellations out of 5,378 flights it operated.
The report noted that Aero Contractors recorded 36 cancelled flights with 2,181 delayed, out of 3,293 flights it operated, while Azman Air recorded 1,312 delayed flights and 12 cancellations out of the 2,711 flights operated by the airline.
Dana Air – Operated 2,278 flights, 1,477 delayed and 25 cancellations.
Overland – Operated 1,248 flights, 894 delayed and 8 cancellations.
Max Air – Operated 2,652 flights, 1,538 delayed and 19 cancellations.
Medview – Operated 374 flights, 219 delayed and 8 cancellations.
Newly-established Ibom Air recorded 220 flights with 143 delayed and no cancelled flight.
NCAA, however stated that the delays were attributed to operational reasons, scarcity of aviation fuel and adverse weather conditions.