Abuja airport closure: Airlines lose billions, passengers stranded across airports

Abuja airport closure: Airlines lose billions, passengers stranded across airports

NamaLogoScores of passengers were on Thursday stranded across Nigerians airports as no aircraft of any size could take off and at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport.

Apart from passengers missing their appointments and business, the airlines are also counting their loses.

At least, Arik Air conducts 16 flights to and from Abuja airports apart from Aero which conducts like 13.

A full flight to Abuja on an Aero B737 with 120 passengers can earn the airline N3, 000, 000. That will mean that the airline would lose over N39 million for not operating any flight to Abuja on Thursday.

“We cannot quantify the loss because Abuja is not the last destination, we operate to Abuja and then move to Port-Harcourt or Enugu, it is a big loss”, an official of one of the airline said.

The Federal government through the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) on Thursday morning announced the closure of the Airport to all arriving aircraft following an incident involving a Boeing 747 cargo plane belonging to Saudi Air.

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