Statistics made available shows that Nigeria-owned airlines may have dropped the ball on their domestic operations with a whopping 2, 815 flight delayed and 95 flights cancelled on the domestic routes in March 2016.
However, these airlines seem to have ensured almost stamping out cases of baggage delays and pilfering on their international operations compared to some of their international counterparts.Information from the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) portal accessed by Nigerianflightdeck which shows that the delays and cancellations on the domestic routes revolved around the eight (8) major players in the industry with Aero Contractors having the highest number of cancelled flights at 33 while Arik topped the list of delayed flights with 759.
Airlines like Dana Air and First Nation had no cancellation of flight what so ever, with Azman Air having three and Medview eight.
The statistics also showed that Air Peace followed Arik (759) and Aero (547) closely with 404 delayed flights but only had one cancellation on the domestic route.
The details were also evident that the larger the volume of flights operated on the domestic scene the more likely delays and cancellations are higher.
First Nation had the lowest number of delayed flights at 41 having operated 179 flights and had no cancellation of its flights within the period in review,
The data also shows that Aero Contractors operated 946 flights in the reviewed period making it the second largest operator after Arik Air which operated 1, 234 flights putting the airline on top of the log while Air peace operated 940 flights out of which 404 flights were delayed but had just one cancellation.
Other airlines include Azman Air with 437 flights and 348 delays with three (3) cancellations, Dana the second lowest with 450 flights, 248 delays and no cancellation, Overland Airways operated 222 flights of which 169 were delayed and 19 cancelled while Medview operated 484 flights with 299 delays and 8 cancellations.
On their international operations however, it seemed brighter despite four of the airlines, Aero, Arik, Dana and Medview having a total of 390 operations of the 1, 508 flights in and out of the country, a paltry 25.9%
The airlines had a total of 184 delayed flights and 23 cancelled flights respectively.
Aero which operated 65 flights on the international route had 42 delays and 11 cancellations while Arik operated 234 flights with 149 delays and 7 cancellations, Dana operated 35 flights had 12 delays and 3 cancellations while Medview did 56flights with 19 delays and 3 cancellations.
However, on areas like missing baggage or baggage delay and pilfering, all airlines but Aero seem to have gotten better with that as the airline recorded 96 delayed or missing baggage with 63 pilferages. Arik had 15 delayed or missing baggage and 5 pilferage while Dana had no missing or delay baggage and just one pilferage.
Medview had 8 missing or delayed baggage with one pilferage all the missing baggage making about 70 in total out of 429 cases reported to the regulatory body about 16.3% of the total number compared to airlines like Air France with 163 delayed or missing baggage and 93 pilferages.
Other airlines with high amount of missing baggage are United Air with 146 and 6 pilfered baggage. Lufthansa also had 105 missing or delayed baggage and 64 pilferages.
We would like to apologize as this data rolled out is for the month of March alone, an updated version will be posted later in the day but we have corrected the headline and anything else that indicates first quarter. We are truly sorry