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Flight activities partially grounded after elections

Three days after the Presidential and National Assembly elections, flight activities are partially grounded due to low patronage.

Airline operators say they have been recording losses since Sunday as there has been poor passenger turn-out.

They say most of the flights operated these last three days have not been full, thus sometimes occasioning delays and cancellations.

According to the operators, the same is experienced by airports across the country.

Our Aviation Correspondent who monitored activities at the Lagos airports reports that the two local airport terminals in Lagos, the General Aviation Terminal One (GAT 1) and Murtala Mohammed Terminal Two (MMA2) are devoid of the usual upsurge in passenger traffic witnessed at peak periods in the mornings and evenings.

Some passengers who had shown up at the terminals were not even certain of traveling, considering that the airlines had given them no assurances.

One airline that seemed set to fly had just five passengers on the queue.

Due to the low passenger turn-up, eateries, banks, pharmacies, shops and other vendors around the airports are also recording minimal sales and patronage.

The story is not different at the cargo areas of the airport, where a few staffers could be seen resuming work in the various government offices.

Similarly, vehicular traffic within the airport environment has been low.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor