Passenger traffic is reported to have climbed up to 90% as at today and it is expected to continue to climb till the end of the easter festivities according to the airlines.
The declaration of Friday and Monday as public holidays including the weekends are fine opportunity for many people to travel and celebrate with loved ones this Easter period.
Airline operators always look forward to holidays like this to smile to the banks with the large volume of ticket sales.
With increased passenger traffic, airline operators have expanded their frequencies and deployed bigger aircraft to certain routes to accommodate all their passengers.
An airline spokesman, Mr. Kingsley Ezemwan says, the airlines were fully prepared ensuring adherence to all covid-19 safety protocols and availability of aircraft to take their passengers safely to their different destinations.
“Our load factor is at about 90% we are expecting that it will be about 95% from Friday and Saturday, the fares are very considerate but we would continue to advise people to book early so that they can get the best fares”.
For the passengers, their challenge was getting seats on a flight as most airlines were fully booked this period.
Apart from this, they say the airfares on various routes were quite expensive.
“I got the ticket for N35,000 but it wasn’t getting the ticket that was the problem but it was the availability of the space, it took me 5 days to get the ticket”.
” For Enugu to Abuja tomorrow and the fare is N43,000 and also Enugu to Abuja I paid N33,000″.
On security, Secretary General, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, ANAP, Comrade Abdulrazak Saidu appealed to the Managers of the airports to redouble their efforts on securing the environment.
“There is still need for more improvement, FAAN should be more serious on this issue of perimeter fencing so as to checkmate intruders”.
General Manager, Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu assured that the relevant security agencies have been mobilized to beef up security at all airports to ensure a hitch free holidays.
” We are assuring our passengers that the security situation in the country not withstanding our airports are safe”.
According to her, all necessary facilities, infrastructure and manpower have been put in place, to ensure seamless facilitation at the airports during the season and beyond.
She advised all passengers and airport users to endeavour to leave for the airport early enough, so as to ensure that check in formalities were conducted in good time.