Lagos – Seventeen foreign carriers from Europe, America, Middle East, and Africa airlift 55,220 passengers out of Nigeria weekly, representing about 90 percent of total air traffic, with Nigerian carriers grappling with just 10 percent.
A report obtained by Daily Independent indicated that Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, and KLM have a combined 17,357 passengers weekly with available seats of 3,631 and 62 weekly frequencies.
The Middle East carrier, Emirates Airlines, with B777-300ER aircraft to Lagos and Abuja, has 21 frequencies; two daily flights to Lagos and one daily flight to Abuja.
The airline airlifts 9,471 passengers weekly with 451 each available seat on each aircraft on the two routes.
The leading East African carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, had the second highest number of passengers out of Nigeria with 7,886 out of Nigeria from four points.
According to the report, Ethiopian Airlines operates from Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, and Kano with Boeing B777-300ER aircraft, B777-300ER, B737
It indicated that Ethiopian Airlines sells 451 seats each on Lagos and Abuja, 189 seats on Enugu, and 335 seats on Kano airport, weekly.
Ethiopian Airlines operates 20 frequencies into Nigeria weekly; seven each to Lagos and Abuja, and three each to Enugu and Kano weekly.
Besides, the report showed that KLM airlifts 5,796 passengers weekly out of Nigeria through three points: Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Abuja, and deploys Airbus A330-300, A330-300, and A330-200 with 292, 292, and 268 available seats, respectively.
KLM, according to the document, operates 21 weekly frequencies into Nigeria from the three airports.
Also, British Airways, which flies
Another British carrier, Virgin Atlantic Airways, with daily flight to Lagos, using A330-300 aircraft, has a total weekly passenger movement of 2,044.
Air France weekly passenger traffic was 3,116 with two entry points into Nigeria, Lagos and Abuja, and 11 frequencies weekly. The airline also deploys A330-300 aircraft to Lagos with 292 available seats and A330-200 aircraft with 268 available seats.
The German carrier, Lufthansa, with 13 weekly frequencies into Nigeria from Lagos and Abuja, airlifts 3, 796 passengers weekly. The airline deploys A330-300 to Lagos, with available seats of 292, while its A330-200, deployed to Abuja, has 268 available seats on the route.
In addition, Royal Air Maroc, which operates seven frequencies to Lagos, flies B737 aircraft to the city with available 189 seats. Weekly, the airline airlifts 1,323 passengers on full capacity.
Qatar Airways with sole operation to Lagos airport, uses B787 and airlifts 335 passengers, operating seven frequencies weekly with available passengers of 2,345 weekly.
Another Middle East carrier, Turkish Airlines, airlifts 4,355 passengers from two points in Nigeria, Lagos and Abuja, with its A330 aircraft. The airline operates 13 weekly frequencies from Nigeria: seven from Lagos and six from Abuja.
An African carrier, Egypt Air, which flies from its base in Cairo, operates four weekly frequencies to Lagos with its A330 aircraft and 335 available seats. On a weekly basis, the airline is expected to airlift 1,340 passengers out of Lagos.
The American carrier, Delta Air Lines, on its Lagos route, operates A330 with available seats of 335, seven frequencies weekly and 2,345 passengers out of Nigeria on a weekly basis.
Kenya Airways, uses B738 aircraft on its seven weekly frequencies to Lagos and available seats of 162 persons, and airlifts 1,134 passengers weekly.
Besides, Rwandair, with 10 weekly frequencies to Lagos and Abuja, deploys B738 aircraft on the two routes, which has capacity for 324 seats – 162 each.
From the two cities, Rwandair, airlifts 972 passengers from its six weekly flights from Lagos and another 648 passengers from four weekly frequencies from Abuja airport.
Etihad Airways, which flies into Nigeria from its base in Abu Dhabi, operates seven weekly frequencies to Lagos airport alone with its A332 aircraft, which has the capacity of 335 passengers daily, and a weekly passenger capacity of 2,345.
Besides, South African Airways, which operates seven weekly frequencies to Lagos from Johannesburg, uses A330-300 aircraft on the route with 292 available seats daily and 2,044 weekly seats sold.
Saudi Airline also deploys B777 to Kano from Jeddah. The airline operates five weekly frequencies to Kano with available seats of 451 and airlifts 2,255 passengers weekly.
At the moment, only Air Peace