Low Passengers’ Turnout as Flight Operations Resume

The resumption of scheduled domestic flight operations yesterday was marked by low turnout of passengers.

However, as domestic airline operators returned to the skies, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, has said most airlines have so far recorded 94 per cent compliance with the federal government’s protocols and guidelines on COVID-19.

The flight restart was kicked off by Arik Air, which recorded the first flight from Lagos to Abuja, three months and 14 days after the nation’s air space was closed for scheduled passenger service due to the onset of COVID-19.

At the average fare of N29,000 per passenger for economy class, spokesman of Arik Air, Mr. Adebanji Ola, told THISDAY that the load factor was average “and the second flight was even better than the first in terms of passenger turnout.”

The low turnout was felt at the two domestic terminals of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

Flights resumed at Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA2) and General Aviation Terminal (GAT) domestic terminals amid strict safety protocols.

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