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Air traffic quadruples as Easter holiday starts

Air passenger traffic is reported to have climbed up to 90% as at Friday and it is expected to continue to climb till the end of the Easter festivities.

The declaration of Friday and Monday as public holidays including the weekends are usual opportunity for many people to travel for what is termed ‘long weekend’.

Airline operators always look forward to these holidays to smile to the banks because of large volume of ticket sales.

With increased passenger traffic, airline operators have expanded their frequencies and deployed bigger aircraft to certain routes.

An airline spokesman, Mr. Kingsley Ezemwan said airlines were prepared, ensuring adherence to covid-19 safety protocols and availability of aircraft.

Our load factor is at about 90%, we are expecting that it will be about 95% from Friday and Saturday, he said.

For passengers, their challenge was getting seats as most airlines were fully booked and they say fares are quite expensive.

On security, Secretary General, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, ANAP, Comrade Abdulrazak Saidu appealed to the Managers of the airports to secure the environment.

General Manager, Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu assured that security agencies have been mobilised to beef up security.

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