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Airlines lose millions as haze chokes sky

Airlines are counting their losses as the hazy weather continues to impede their operations.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday urged pilots to be cautious of the weather and inform passengers of developments.

The cloudy weather, which is windy and dusty, leaves an harmattan-like haze in the air. It has also made driving a bit tricky nationwide.

A climatologist, Prof. Temi Ologunorisa, said the dust haze would start disappearing after two weeks.

The haze, though a rare occurrence, is expected during the transition months between the beginning and cessation of rainfall, he said.

Domestic airline operators at the old and new terminals of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos cancelled and rescheduled flights because of the fog, which reduced visibility below the approved weather minima of 800 metres for the premier gateway. They have lost millions of naira, sources said.


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