The travel plans for many passengers across the country have been suffering in the last 48 hours because of mass flight delays and cancellations.

We gathered that arrival and departure of local and international flights were temporarily stalled at the Abuja airport lateMonday due to poor visibility.

Normal flight operations resumed at about noon yesterday at the airport after several flights had been delayed and in some cases cancelled due to bad weather.

International carrier, Ethiopian airlines said one of its flights from Addis Ababa to Kano had to be diverted to Abuja on Monday due to bad weather. A senior official of the airline who craved anonymity confirmed operations were normal as at yesterday.

Airline sources said an Egyptian Air flight had to be diverted to Lagos before landing in Abuja at noon when operations resumed after weather conditions improved.

The airport which witnessed mass influx of passengers at the festive season have seen passenger traffic drop since Monday.

It is not the best of time for airline operators though some frustrated travellers said because the flights were cancelled due to bad weather, they were not expecting any form of compensation from the airlines.

In Rivers, flight movement at the Port Harcourt International Airport was delayed for more than three hours yesterday because of bad weather.

Our correspondent gathered in Port Harcourt yesterday that Abuja/Port Harcourt and Lagos/Port Harcourt board passengers had their flight schedules delayed for hours as a result of bad weather.

An Port Harcourt/Abuja board passenger, John Martins told our correspondent that his 9:00am flight to Abuja was delayed for hours.

“I was here as early as 8:00am to board flight to Abuja only to be informed that no Aircraft would fly at the moment. Initially they did not explain anything to us but we learnt later from the management that the delay was as a result of fog. Since8:00am till now I have been waiting to board but to no avail,” he said.

Most of the major newspapers coming from both Abuja and Lagos to Port Harcourt arrived late yesterday as a result of delayed flights.

The adverse weather also disrupted flight operations for two days in Yola International Airport, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.


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