Abuja Airport: Why a sharp drop in 1st quarter air travel Nigeria

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The Station Manager, Azman Air, Abdulahi Saroke, has attributed the drop in domestic flight operations in the first quarter to the six weeks closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Mr. Saroke, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja, said there was a sharp drop in passenger traffic at Kaduna between March 8 and April 17.

He explained that many domestic airlines reduced their frequency to Kaduna airport because of the reduction in traffic during the period.

Mr. Saroke said that some routes were less busy, adding that many passengers also rescheduled their movements either to travel by road or suspended their movement during the period.

“Why we have a sharp drop in the first quarter is mainly because of the closure of Abuja airport which happens to be the second busiest airport in Nigeria.

“When Abuja was shut and operations were transferred to Kaduna, many airlines reduced their frequency because many passengers rescheduled their movements during the period,” he said.

The second factor, according to him, is the drop in the operations of Arik Air and Aero Contractors that have been facing operational crisis since 2016.

“As for domestic, we are still not there because the two big domestic carriers, Arik and Aero, are down which is why Air Peace and Medview are currently topping.