Nigeria’s airlines – both domestic and foreign – are confused as to what to do about the passengers who had booked flights scheduled for Saturday February 23, the day of the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) had in the early hours of Saturday, postponed the general elections by a week, less than five hours to the start of the polls.
The postponement is said to have thrown many businesses into confusion, with airlines struggling to either reschedule or cancel flights booked for that day.
As of Monday afternoon, most foreign airlines operating morning and afternoon flights out of Nigeria had yet to decide whether to cancel those flights or not.
Last Saturday, when the election was supposed to have held, all domestic airlines cancelled or suspended their flight services, many foreign carriers were affected and reportedly cancelled such flights.
According to findings, only those operating early morning and night flights were able to successfully carry out their services.
A source in one of the foreign airlines, who did not want to be quoted, said it had become difficult for most airlines to take decisions on their service for February 23.
“The airline is waiting for the Federal Government’s decision for this coming Saturday, having cancelled flights last Saturday. For now, nobody can say what will happen. These are operational decisions taken after obtaining information from the Federal Government,” the source added.