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Air passengers patronising Nigerian airport decline by 60 per cent

Lagos Airport

… As passengers turns to road transport

By Oluyinka Onigbinde and Rebecca Adesina

Nigeria Air passenger traffic has dropped significantly by 60 percent as air passengers, turns to road transport as alternative source of conveyance

 Nigeria has declined significantly as air passengers turn to the use of road transport due to high increase in Air ticket.

News Direct gathered that the use of air transport has dropped from more than 15 million passengers in 2014, to six million in 2016, year ended

 Recently the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyeama during the listing of Medview air on the Nigeria Stock exchange in Lagos said that the past decade has seen the Nigerian aviation industry experience numerous institutional challenges, leading to the exit of many air operators and air users.

According to him “Over the past decade, the Nigerian aviation industry has experienced significant challenges leading to the exit or decline of many operators,

Onyema noted that the developments, coupled with the economic downturn, have affected operations in the aviation industry, leading to decline in the number of passenger traffic, both for inbound and outbound destinations.

Some air passengers who spoke with News Direct during the week lamented that the increase in ticket flight to their destination has sky rocketed

News Direct gathered that the price of Abuja ticket from Lagos to Abuja that cost N23, 500 as at September last year now sells for between N28, 000 to N30, 000 with some airlines.

However stakeholders in the aviation industry blamed the sharp decline in Air traffic to certain rights of passengers that airlines infringe upon in recent times.

According to Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)  Travelling by air or using air transport services confers certain rights. But it also comes with some responsibilities. Among the main ones are:

 The right to the full value for your money, the right to compensation for flight cancellation, delays, damages/loss of baggage and denied boarding for reasons other than technical, weather conditions, air traffic control restrictions, security risks and industrial disputes that affect the operation of the flight.

The right to the provision of a conducive airport environment before, during, and after flights Air passengers who spoke with NewsDirect during the week however said this right is being infringed upon and this has led many air passengers to source for alternative mode of transportation.

They however called on the Minister of Aviation Sen. Hardi Sirika to work toward creating an enabling environment for the revival of aviation industry in Nigeria.

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