DATA SPOTLIGHT: Nigeria

This year The Blue Swan Daily will feature some of the leading airlines, airports and country markets for air travel. Here, using the extensive profile insights available to CAPA – Centre for Aviation members, we deliver a data snapshot on Nigeria, where the government has now permitted the reintroduction of limited scheduled international services.

These resumed on 05-Sep-2020, following a temporary prohibition due to the coronavirus outbreak, but remain limited currently to services to and from Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said Nigeria’s plan for the resumption of international travel will be sustainably managed with airlines permitted entry based on a “measured” schedule per week. He said it would be a “phased in-flow of international travels, not all the airlines will be opened up at once”. Similarly, airport arrivals will be staggered to ensure no “crowding and backflow of issues”.

Major carriers within Africa and outside the Continent have already resumed services or confirmed forthcoming plans. Ethiopian Airlines resumed daily Addis Ababa-Abuja service on 07-Sep-2020 and Addis Abada-Lagos on 08-Sep-2020. Emirates Airline resumed four times weekly service to Lagos from 07-Sep-2020 and daily service to Abuja from 09-Sep-2020, while Qatar Airways will resume four times weekly service on Doha-Lagos from 10-Sep-2020, operating with Boeing 787 equipment.

In total, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Aviation is understood to have approved 13 foreign airlines to resume scheduled international services into the country in the first phase. Alongside those above, these comprise Middle East Airlines; British Airways; Delta Air Lines; EgyptAir; Virgin Atlantic Airways; ASKY Airlines; Africa World Airlines; Air Côte d’Ivoire; Kenya Airways; and Turkish Airlines.

AIRPORTS IN THE COUNTRY

SCHEDULE MOVEMENT SUMMARY (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

ANNUAL CAPACITY (2012 – 2021*)NOTE:*the values for this year are at least partly predictive up to six months and may be subject to change.

WEEKLY DOMESTIC CAPACITY (2017 – 2020*)NOTE:*the values for this year are at least partly predictive up to six months and may be subject to change.

WEEKLY INTERNATIONAL CAPACITY (2017-2020*)NOTE:*the values for this year are at least partly predictive up to six months and may be subject to change.

CAPACITY SPLIT BETWEEN DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

LARGEST AIRLINES BY CAPACITY (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

CAPACITY SPLIT BETWEEN LOCAL AND FOREIGN OPERATORS (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

AIRLINE BUSINESS MODEL CAPACITY SPLIT (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

DEVELOPMENT OF LCC ACTIVITY IN COUNTRY (2009 – 2019)

ALLIANCE CAPACITY SPLIT (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

INTERNATIONAL CAPACITY BREAKDOWN BY COUNTRY (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

DEPARTING SYSTEM SEATS BY CLASS (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

BUSIEST DOMESTIC MARKETS BY CAPACITY (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

BUSIEST INTERNATIONAL MARKETS BY CAPACITY (w/c 07-Sep-2020)

LOCAL AIRLINES’ AIRCRAFT FLEET (as at 07-Sep-2020)

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