Abuja Airport Records Increased Number of Passengers as a Result of the Easter Celebration

In line with the holidays as a result of the Easter celebration, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, has recorded increased traffic in number of passengers travelling to different parts of the country to celebrate the season .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that flights from Abuja to other routes were fully booked before Thursday, adding that even though there was upsurge in traffic, ticket fare still remained the same.

 “Some airlines are not flying while some have reduced aircraft fleet capacity, thereby putting pressure on those that are flying like Max Air, says Max Air Station Manager, Mr Kehinde Ogunlaye.

“Fares are not changed, the highest in the economy to Lagos is N40,000 while to Kano is N56,500,” he said.

The station manager while urging passengers to plan their trips in good time ahead and mentally prepare for unforeseen circumstances which can occur also appealed to the government and other stakeholders to deepen efforts in providing required upgrades in airport facilities in line with the policy of continuous improvement to accommodate increasing numbers of traveling public.

Mr Adebanji Ola, Head of Corporate Communications, Arik Air Limited, said the airline was also observing an increased number of travellers from Abuja to other parts of the country due to the Easter break as he also maintained the airline’s ticket price was still the same.

“Passenger traffic has been very high before Easter started. Ticket fare has not changed, it is still the same. It is just about the law of supply and demand.

“We will advise the passengers to always buy their tickets on time. When you buy a ticket in advance, you get a cheaper sell,” he said.

Mr Stanley Olisa, Public Relation and Communication Lead, Air Peace Limited, equally noted that the Airline had been observing recent increase in passengers from Abuja to other routes in the country. 

“Yes, there’s been an increase in passenger traffic this season, especially to some parts of the country but Air Peace is committed to providing safe and best-in-class flight services, especially as we just took delivery of the second of 13 ordered brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft,” he said.

Recall that the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, had assured air passengers and other airport users of maximum safety within the airports during the Easter period, reiterating that all necessary facilities, infrastructure and manpower such as security agencies have been put in place to ensure seamless facilitation at the airports.

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