An average of 89 flights were delayed everyday between July and September 2017 by domestic airlines operating in Nigeria, implying that at least three flights were delayed every hour per day by domestic airlines in the third quarter.
A report released by the Consumer Protection Unit of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, in Ikeja on Wednesday, has it that 8,173 cases of delayed flights were recorded by the airlines between July and September this year.
The report showed that 13,255 flights were operated by eight airlines during the period with 96 flights cancelled by the airlines for various reasons.
It listed the airlines involved in the flight operations as Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med-View and Overland Airways.
According to the report, Air Peace, which operated 3,811 flights, topped the chart of delayed flights with 2,166 and five cancelled flights.
Arik Air followed with 2,057 delayed flights and 32 cancellations out of its 3,285 flight services in the period.
The report added that Dana Air operated 1,762 flights with 1,079 cases of delayed flights and five cancellations.
Med-View Airline recorded 986 and seven delayed and cancelled flights, respectively out of the 1,394 flights operated by the airline during the period.
Azman Air operated 1,127 flights with 712 delayed and 16 cancellations, while Overland operated 542 flights with 391 delayed and seven cancellations.
First Nation Airways had 239 flights with 98 delayed and three cancellations.
The airlines blamed the delays and cancellations on operational challenges, high cost of aviation fuel and inadequate navigational equipment at many airports in the country.