…apologies for multiple delays
Local airlines have apologised for multiple delays and cancellations in the air transport services, attributing the discomfort to bad weather that has cost carriers about 60 per cent loss in their operations.
The operators, under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria, on Thursday, empathized with the traveling public, though assured of efforts to manage the dire situation.
They said this at the reception of Air Peace airline’s fourth brand new Embraer 195-E2 jet, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Vice-Chairman of the AON, Allen Onyema, flanked by other members of the association, said the airlines didn’t take their customers for granted, as every delay is a huge operational and economic loss to the operator.
“No airline delays or cancels flights deliberately. The situation we are having now is partly due to the COVID-19 disruption and also the current rainy season.
I have 21 aircraft lying down because maintenance repair and overhaul facilities are shut due to coronavirus.
Weather is also hitting us very badly. As an airline, safety is very key and cannot be compromised. Every delay is a loss in revenue and disruption of the entire network,” he said.