Domestic airlines are reported to be losing about N3 billion daily to the curfew imposed on Lagos, and have been forced to reduce flights by over 70 percent in Lagos.
All the eight domestic carriers including Air Peace, Arik Air, Overland, Max Air, Azman, Ibom Air, Dana and Aero Contractors originate their flights from Lagos.
A spokesperson of Azman Air, Mr. Nura Aliyu reportedly said all the airline’s flights to Lagos including Lagos-Abuja described as the most lucrative route are affected.
It was learnt that all the domestic carriers operate over 100 flights in and out of Lagos on a daily basis, which have been affected due to the curfew. The Lagos-Abuja flight that is the most lucrative flight for all the airlines have been on hold too, thereby deepening the financial straits of airlines which have barely recovered from the effect of the over three-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also speaking, Director of Engineering with Ibom Air, Engr. Lukman Animashaun described the losses to airlines as “colossal,” saying: “It is unfortunate we are having this which is avoidable. Airlines have not even recovered from the COVID-19 lockdown and now we can only operate to where there is no curfew”.
He advised the protesters to be considerate, saying while their agitation is reasonable, continued violent protests would further deepen the people’s woes economically.