Air Peace Airlines topped the chart of delayed and cancelled flights in the first half of 2017 with 3,966 delayed flights and 24 cancelled flights respectively, even as it operated 6,715 flights, according to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Friday, Marketing Edge Nigeria reports.
In a report released by the Consumer Protection Department of the NCAA, domestic airlines operating in the country recorded about 13,411 delayed flights in the first six months of the year.
The report states that during the period, about 21,662 flights were operated by eight domestic airlines in the country.
According to the report, 516 flights were also cancelled for various reasons by the airlines.
It listed the airlines in operation as Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med-View and Overland Airways.
The report says that apart from Air Peace Airline which has the highest delayed and cancelled flights, Arik Air followed with 2,370 delayed flights and 381 cancellations out of its 4,069 flight operations.
Dana Air operated 3,261 flights with 2,133 cases of delayed flights and eight cancelled flights while Med-View recorded 1,558 and 51 delayed and cancelled flights respectively out of its 2,245 flights.
Also, Azman Air operated 2,089 flights with 1,388 delayed and 22 cancellations, Overland 1013 flights with 665 delayed and seven cancellations and FirstNation 579 flights with 163 delayed and only three cancellations.
The reports further shows that the airlines attributed the delays to operational reasons, high cost of aviation fuel as well as inadequate navigational aids at some airports across the country, which militates against flying in adverse or hazy weather conditions.