Lagos - Flights and other commercial activities were at their lowest on Sunday at the domestic terminals of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
Few travellers were seen on queues trying to buy tickets as the New Year approaches. NAN correspondent, who monitored activities at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) and the Murtala Muhammed Terminal Two (MMA2), observed that there were few people, including children at various terminals travelling or transacting businesses.
NAN investigation revealed that most of the passengers who were seen at the terminals were either patronising Arik airlines at the GAT or Aero Contractor airlines at the MMA2. Other airlines such as IRS, Overland Airways, Med-View airlines had little or no queues at their various counters as at the time of filing the report.
Other business activities at the MMA2 were very low, especially at the restaurants. Speaking to NAN on the decline of passengers’ traffic, the spokesman for Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Ltd., Mr Steve Omolale-Ajulo, said that the reduction of travellers was because the Christmas season was over.
He added that most of the travellers had travelled to spend the Christmas with their families and loved ones. ``I think the Christmas rush has passed, so we only have the New Year and there is not much holidays. ``In fact, there will be work tomorrow, it is only one day holiday, so, why the rush to travel. So, I think that is just the reason for the low passengers’ traffic that we are witnessing now,” he said.
A Benin-bound passenger at the MMA2, Mr Jide Akinwunmi, who was travelling on Aero Contractor airlines, also observed that passengers’ traffic was very low. He also attributed the low passengers’ traffic to the fact that the holidays were almost over.