A document that contains this information was compiled by the Consumer Protection Department of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
According to what was recorded in the document, 14,735 flights were operated by eight airlines during the period under review.181 flights were cancelled for various reasons by different airlines which are: Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, Med-View, Overland and Max Air.
The document revealed that Air Peace operated 5768 flights, toppled the delayed flight chart with 3, 058 and 66 cancellations, while Arik Air followed with 1,376 delayed flights, 32 cancellations out of its 3,001 flight operations.
Also, Dana Air operated 919 flights with 587 delayed and 25 cancellations; Overland, 612 flights with 421 delayed and six cancellations. The rest are Max Air, which operated 1,416 flights with 810 delayed and four cancellations as well as Medview, operated 183 flights with 112 delayed and nine cancelled flights.
The airlines issued out their reasons for the flight delays. They said operational reasons; scarcity of aviation fuel as well as adverse weather conditions leading to low visibility at most were major causes of these delays.
Mr Chris Iwarah, the Corporate Communications Manager, Air Peace, told NAN that the airline would continue to give priority to the safety and well-being of its passengers.
Iwarah explained that flights could be delayed or rescheduled for various reasons but that the airline usually communicates with the affected passengers, hours before the flight.
“What we do is to send emails and text messages to the passengers notifying them about the development.
“However, some passengers provide fake email addresses and invalid phone numbers to airline staff while purchasing their tickets, which makes it difficult to reach them.
“I think there should be a form of sensitisation by the aviation authorities to avoid this kind of situation but like I said before, the safety of our customers remains our priority,’’ he said.