Data released on the Murtala Mohammed International Airport traffic statistics for January to March 2021 show that the airport handled a total of 1,235,709 passengers.
Foreign airlines operated a total of 1,871 flights in and out of Nigeria while 14,662 flights were operated on domestic routes during the same period, according to an executive summary on international and domestic flights from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, recorded a total of 323,751 international passenger movements from January to March 2021 compared to just over four million passengers recorded by the two airports Pre-pandemic.
The low passenger turnout is as a result of the gradual restart of operations after eased lockdown rules but it has improved significantly, according to General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of Murtala Muhammed Airport, manager Adekunle Aderibigbe.
The international airlines that operated to Nigeria within that period are African World Airlines, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Air France, ASKY Airline, British Airways, Delta Airline, Egypt Air, Emirates. Others are Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Middle East Airline, Qatar Air, Royal Air Maroc, RwandAir, Turkish Airline and Virgin Atlantic Airways, according to NCAA.
On the domestic routes, the nine scheduled airlines that operated flights include: Aero, Arik, Azman, Dana Air, Air Peace, Overland Airways, Max Air, Ibom Air and United Nigeria Airline.
NCAA records show that African World, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Air France, Air Peace, Egypt Air, Emirates, ASKY Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Middle East Airline, RwandAir, Virgin Atlantic reported no complaints of lost baggage, flight delays, missing baggage, air return, cancelled flights among other issues.