Statistics from the Consumer Protection Department of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have revealed that domestic airlines operating in Nigeria recorded 16,353 cases of delayed flights between January and June, 2016.
A document issued by the department and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria shows that 30,100 flights were operated by eight airlines during the period under review.
According to the document, 601 flights were cancelled for various reasons by the airlines.
Airlines in operation were Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Air Peace, Azman Air, Dana Air, First Nation, Med-View and Overland.
Arik, which operated 10,261 flights, topped the chart of delayed and cancelled flights with 5,780 and 156 respectively.
Aero Contractors followed with 2,895 delayed flights and 231 cancellations out of its 4,714 flight operations, the department reported.
Air Peace operated 5,366 flights with 2,328 cases of delayed flights and 12 cancelled flights, the report added.
Meanwhile, the airlines attributed the delays and cancellations to the lingering scarcity of aviation fuel in the country.
In July NCAA advised domestic airlines to scale down their flight operations because of the lingering scarcity of aviation fuel.
The Acting General Manager, Public Relations of the agency, Mr Sam Adurogboye, said NCAA was concerned and would not want passengers to suffer unduly because of the scarcity.