Easter: Nnamdi Azikwe Airport records high traffic



News Today 2

By Gabriel Agbeja

Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport saw an increase in traffic on Friday due to the large number of passengers traveling to different parts of the country to celebrate Easter.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) learned that flights from Abuja to other routes were full by Thursday.

In addition, the reservation and check-in counters of many airlines were crowded with travelers rushing to board their flights.

Many airline officials who spoke to NAN in separate interviews said there was an increase in traffic, but ticket prices were still the same.

Max Air Station Manager Mr Kehinde Ogunyale said more people have chosen to return home for the Easter celebration than in previous years.

Ogunyele further said that Max Air may also have experienced a one-time increase in passenger numbers due to cuts in flights from a few other airlines.

“Some airlines don’t fly while others have reduced the capacity of their aircraft fleets, putting pressure on those that fly like Max Air.

“The tariffs are not changed, the highest economy in Lagos is 40,000 N, while that of Kano is 56,500 N,” he said.

The station manager urged passengers to plan their trips in advance and be prepared for possible delays that could arise due to bad weather.

Ogunyele called on the government and other stakeholders to redouble their efforts to provide the required upgrades at airport facilities in line with the policy of continuous improvement to accommodate growing numbers of travelers.

Mr Adebanji Ola, head of corporate communications, Arik Air Limited, said the airline is also seeing an increase in the number of travelers from Abuja to other parts of the country due to the Easter holidays.

However, he also argued that the airline’s ticket price was still the same.

“Passenger traffic was very high before the start of Easter. The ticket price has not changed, it is still the same. It is simply the law of supply and demand.

“We will advise passengers to always buy their tickets on time. When you buy a ticket in advance, you get a cheaper sale, ”he says.

Mr. Stanley Olisa, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Air Peace Limited, also noted that the airline recently observed an increase in passenger numbers from Abuja to other routes.

Olisa said the airline plans to continue serving Nigerians with more sophisticated planes.

“Yes, there has been an increase in passenger traffic this season, especially in parts of the country.

“Air Peace is committed to providing safe and top-notch flight services, especially as we have just taken delivery of the second of 13 new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft on order,” he said.

Some of the travelers who spoke with NAN praised local airlines for not raising the price of their tickets due to the Easter holiday.

However, they urged airlines to comply with information from the authorities concerned to strengthen security in the area.

Similarly, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had provided air passengers and other airport users with maximum security at airports during the Easter period.

Ms. Henrietta Yakubu, general manager of FAAN affairs, said in a statement that the airport network was fully prepared and ready for the usual upsurge in passenger traffic that has been the norm this season.

“We have put in place all the necessary facilities, infrastructure and manpower to ensure seamless facilitation at airports during the Easter season and beyond.

“We also want to ensure safety and security for all passengers and airport users, as the relevant security agencies have been mobilized to strengthen security at all airports,” she said.

Yakubu, however, advised passengers to make every effort to leave their homes for the airport early enough to ensure check-in is completed on time. (NOPE)


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