Bad weather hampers flights in Nigeria
Several flights have been cancelled in Nigeria for a week, following deteriorating weather conditions.
The cancellations have inconvenienced the huge number of passengers who daily throng the airports.
The routes leading to northern Nigeria have been the most affected.
According to sources, more than 120 flights in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna and Katsina, with more than 17,900, have been cancelled since Thursday.
The bad weather has been characterised by partly sunny and hazy mornings and dust haze conditions in the evenings.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) confirmed that the bad weather had affected many flights across the country. The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) predicted more dust and hazy conditions that cause poor visibility of two to five kilometres.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) appealed for the understanding of passengers over delays and cancellations of flights due to the adverse weather.
NCAA spokesman Sam Adurogboye said the agency had earlier issued a Weather Alert Circular to all pilots and airline operators on the impending adverse weather.
The circular forewarned all operators on the danger associated with the dust haze at this time of the year.
“During this period, air-to-ground visibility may be considerably reduced due to dust haze,” the official added.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to be cautious due to the change in weather conditions in most parts of the country.
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has also expressed concern over challenges faced by airlines and passengers in the past few days, due to reduced flight visibility at the airports.
NAMA’s acting Managing Director Emma Anasi said the present weather condition was caused by the dust haze, which had limited operations at most airports.
He, however, said that the primary responsibility of NAMA was to ensure the safety of lives and property.