IATA, in its report, titled, ‘Quarantine measures threaten aviation restart in Africa and the Middle East,’ noted that aviation was the worst-hit sector in Africa and the Middle East with more than 8.6 million jobs at risk. The report did not provide the data for May.
According to the report, passenger numbers in Nigeria declined in April and June by 4.7 million and 5.32 million respectively when compared to the corresponding periods in 2019.
Some stakeholders in aviation industry have appealed to the Federal Government to speed up interventions to revamp the sector which, they say, is hardest hit by the COVID -19 pandemic.
They made the call in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.
The Federal Government has extended the closure of airports across the country by another two weeks beginning from April 23, 2020. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced this via a tweet on his verified Twitter handle on Monday, April 20, 2020. The Aviation Minister said the extension was due to the recent lockdown order of the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Air travel, safety, booking difficulties and cost remains some of the barriers travellers in Africa currently endure. The findings of the recent African Traveller Report 2019 by the Sabre Corporation revealed that air travel remained inaccessible to the majority of African citizens, and increased by just 2 percent since 2016. The company interviewed 5 869 people from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. The report revealed that only 26 percent of Africans travelled by air in the past 24 months.
The chairman and chief executive officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema speaks on the operations of the airline and effort by it to link Nigeria to the world and the challenges, among others...
How are you copping with the issue of destination imbalance?
The Federal government has intervened and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, is trying to address these issues of destination imbalance whereby multiple frequencies and designations are given to foreign airlines, the government is addressing all that.
A document issued by the department and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos showed that 30,043 flights were operated by nine airlines during the period under review.
It said domestic airlines operating in Nigeria recorded 16, 429 cases of delayed flights between January and June 2019.
According to the document, 241 flights were cancelled for various reasons by the airlines.
Air Namibia has suspended flights on its Windhoek-Lagos-Accra route over a diplomatic row with Nigeria.
In a statement issued on Friday, Namibia’s national carrier said the flights were suspended with immediate effect.
Air Namibia said operations on the routes, which were launched in June 2018, started off very well as there were a “high number of passengers and revenue was good”.
“During February 2019, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia banned the issuing of visas to Namibian passport holders,” the airline said.
The federal government has hinted on the discussion with Cape Verde on plans to begin air transport relationship in line with existing Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between the two countries. Nigeria’s Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure after a meeting with Cape Verde representatives during a sideline meeting at the just – concluded First ICAO/UNWTO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa in Sal, Cape Verde.