Five days after airlines started diverting flights to Accra, Cotonou and Dakar over low visibility at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), over 1000 Nigerians have remained stranded at the Kokota International Airport in Accra, Ghana.
While some advanced airports operate under as low as zero visibility, the foggy weather in Lagos has kept aircraft on ground and left thousands of passengers stranded at neighbouring countries to which these flights were diverted.
Experts in the aviation sector have continued to blame the situation on the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for failure to provide functional Instrument Landing Systems, (ILS) to enable airlines take-off and land at the MMIA Lagos.
BusinessDay’s checks show that from Monday to Saturday, the number of diverted flights has risen to 30.
Emirates and British Airways have cancelled their flights to Lagos pending when the situation gets better.