Arik 99, Aero 94 top flight cancellation listAvailable statistical data shows that Nigeria-owned airlines may have dropped the ball on their domestic operations with a whopping 8, 478 flight delayed and 281 flights cancellations on the domestic routes in the first quarter of 2016 between January and March.
An earlier report by Nigerian flight deck had given statistics as 2, 815 flight delayed and 95 flights cancelled based on the month of March instead of the total first quarter between January 2016 and March 2016.
However, this figure in the three months under review is indicative that Nigerian airlines need to up the ante notwithstanding the harsh business environment and economic realities they tend to face.
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 while only four play an international role.
According to available data, in the three months under review Aero operated 2, 823 flights (January having 1, 037, February840 and March 946) with 1, 762 delays and 94 flight cancellation in just three months while Arik Air, the nation’s largest airline operated 4, 926 flights with 2, 801 flight delays and 99 cancellations.
Statistics also showed that Air Peace followed the two closely in delays with the airline operating 1, 135 delayed flight however, it had a meagre 4 cancelled flights in the three months under review.
Dana Air which operated 1, 341 flights had 704 delays and just two (2) cancelled flights while Medview with 985operated flights in the months under review had 800 delays and 13 cancelled flights.
Overland Airways with 586 flights had 437 flight delays with 65 cancelled flights, Azman with 1,054 flights operated from its main hub in Kano had 675 flight delays and 4 cancellations in the period under review while FirstNation Airways with 512 flights in the first quarter had 127 delays had just one cancellation of its flight.
Airlines: Aero, Arik, Dana and Medview that fly the country’s flag on the international route fared a lot better than their domestic operations although Aero and Arik still lead the table on delayed and cancelled flights.
Aero which had 159 international flights in the three months under review had 92 delayed flights 14 cancelled flights while Arik which operated 657 international operations had 354 delays and 11 cancelled flights.
Dana Air in the quarter under review operated 87 flights and had 31 flight delays with five cancellations while Medview operated 167 flights with 37 flight delays and just three cancellations given the number of flights, the airline pipped Dana Air on the least cancelled flights on the international route with an overall better statistics.
Aero and Arik Air statistically speaking have the worst data with regards flight delays and cancellations notwithstanding the enormity of their operations.
However, on areas like missing baggage or baggage delay and pilfering in the international arena, Aero and Arik still blaze the trail in highest number of delayed or missing baggage as well as pilfered baggage as Aero recorded 96 delayed or missing baggage with 66 pilferages on the international route. Arik followed closely with 87 delayed or missing baggage and 11 pilferages while Dana and Medview were on an all-time low as Dana recorded no missing or delay baggage and just one pilferage.
The airlines despite this did quite well in securing passengers baggage with four Nigerian-owned airlines out of 30 having a total of 206 missing baggage of the 3,230 missing or delayed baggage accumulating about 6.4% of the total baggage loss.
The indigenous airlines also accounted for 77 of the 1, 516 pilfered baggage a low 5.1%
Foreign carrier Air France in the three months under review had 389 missing or delayed baggage and 259 pilfered baggage with Air France alone having about 12% of missing and delayed baggage while it had 17% of pilfered luggage complained about in the NCAA.
Lufthansa also had 253 missing or delayed baggage and 165 pilferages an average of 7.8% delayed or missing baggage and 10.9% pilfered luggage respectively both higher than all the Nigerian carriers put together