NCAA Issues Warning to Air Peace, Max, Arik, Others, Says Expect Flight Delays, Cancellations

NCAA Issues Warning to Air Peace, Max, Arik, Others, Says Expect Flight Delays, Cancellations

  • The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned pilots over poor visibility
  • The authority said that poor visibility is expected in the coming days due to hazy weather
  • NCAA said the flying public should expect delays, diversions, and cancellations due to poor weather

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has warned pilots and airline operators to take the necessary precautions over envisaged hazardous weather conditions this season.

In the statement signed by NCAA’s Director General, Musa Nuhu said flights would be delayed, diverted, or canceled where visibility falls below the prescribed aerodromes operating minimal.

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NCAA issues alarm over flight disruption caused by poor weather Credit: @NCAA
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Harsh weather conditions are expected in the coming days

Leadership reports that the NCAA DG asked the members of the public to take precautions during this time in planning their trips.

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He said sources from Chad are expected to report poor horizontal visibility in the next 24 hours.

The statement said:

“Due to strong winds, the dust in suspension is expected to propagate to some states in the northern part of the country, which will further reduce horizontal visibility, especially over Katsina, Kano, Nguru, Jigawa, Potiskum, and Maiduguri in the next 24 hours.
“This information is intended to alert pilots about the nature of weather associated with the dry season in Nigeria ranging from light/moderate to severe dust haze and sometimes early morning fog which can sometimes reduce the horizontal visibility to below the aerodrome operating minima.”

NCAA’s warnings come amid a statement by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), alerting Nigerians on the possibility of deterioration in visibility due to hazy weather.

Airlines raise prices of flight tickets

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Meanwhile, Nigerian airlines have announced price increases before the coming festive season.

Airlines operating local routes, including Air Peace and Dana Air, adjusted their ticket prices, citing economic realities.

According to the Guardian report, the airline operators blamed the rising cost of aviation fuel, which now sells for N1,000 per litre, and the naira exchange rate, currently at N1,200/$.

To reflect the changes, domestic airlines have increased airfare by over 100 per cent in major routes.

Checks by shows that less than one hour light now costs more than N100,000 for a one-way ticket.

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The fuel produced via cooking oil reportedly reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 80% on average through the entire lifecycle, compared with fossil fuel.


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