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Bad weather disrupts flights nationwide

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Inclement weather occasioned by the harmattan haze has forced many domestic carriers to cancel flights from the Lagos Airport into Port Harcourt, Enugu, Calabar, Uyo, Benin, Warri, Asaba , Ibadan and Ilorin.

The harmattan haze resulting in poor visibility is preventing airlines from operating flights into airports less than 800 meters approved weather minima by aviation regulatory agencies.

Airports in South South and South East are worst hit by the inclement weather. Airlines are losing revenue.

Air Peace and Arik Air, the biggest operators by volume of flights, are hugely affected.

Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager Mr Christian Iwarah told The Nation that the airline was badly affected by the weather; it cancelled six flights on Wednesday.

Iwarah said the cancellation of flights into Benin, Calabar, Uyo, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Akure has hugely complicated its schedules with the attendant revenue loss and fidelity to on time performance.

He said most passengers have refused to show understanding that the delays and cancellations are beyond the airlines but forces of nature.

He said :” The inclement weather is seriously affected our operations . We have no choice but to either delay or cancel some flights because we will not fly into any airport below the approved weather minima.

“This is forcing us to lose money and our name because passengers will not understand . This could even force some passengers to attack our staff, we think the relevant security agencies should provide security for our workers and equipment .

“Whatever has happened, we are Lodi g heavily on all sides. How do we handle the backlog of passengers, issues about refund and other challenges.”

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