Four airlines off to good start, record 70% load factor


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It was a fairly impressive turnout at both Lagos and Abuja local airports, yesterday, as four of the eight operating local airlines restarted operations with an average load factor of 70 per cent.

Although it was not as busy as the pre-COVID-19 air traffic that attended morning peak periods, air passengers began to funnel into the Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal II (MMA2) and the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), both in Lagos from 5:00 a.m., to once again hit the skies, after three months of COVID-19 restrictions.

Following stringent health and security protocol, the first flight on Arik Air dispatched before 8:00 a.m., with 60 per cent capacity. Air Peace airline’s first flight departed at 11:46 a.m. with over 75 per cent capacity. Ibom Air also followed with about 80 passengers on board while Max Air subsequently boarded, also in the Abuja direction.

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