The Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, has disclosed that fifty per cent of domestic flights have been cancelled by Nigerian airlines in the last two weeks due to harmattan haze.
According to the operators, the cancellation had not only been a cost to them but to the Nigerian economy since a lot of businesses had been affected across the country.
Chairman of AON, Capt. Noggie Meggison, disclosed this in a chat with Aviation Correspondents at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.
He added that over 80 per cent of flights were delayed as a result of the poor visibility occasioned by weather condition.
Meggison however said weather would not have been a challenge if the country had put in place appropriate take-off and landing facilities.
He said:“Navigational facilities at most of the airports are not working. It is very shameful that we close airports over little weather situations, whereas in Europe and other places, aircraft take off with zero visibility.