The National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) has declared that the travel load factor on international routes has seriously declined by 15 to 20 per cent since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
According to the association, the air travel industry have been hit with the decline as many airlines had to halt flight operations to certain parts of the world and that this had a significant impact on the tourism sector.
This disturbing hit was announced during a news conference in Lagos on Friday at the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) 44th Annual General Meeting in Kano.
The NANTA President, who was in attendance Mr Bankole Bernard, said that the association were in collaboration with the airlines to ensure that the intending flight passengers were guided on their travel plans.
Mr Bernard stressed that NANTA has given its full backing of the systematic approach of the health organisations and the aviation agencies at the airports. They also concluded plans to set up a special call line to help those who want to reach out to the association on any ’Coronavirus issue’.
“We are still selling tickets but not as much as before the Coronavirus came in and we thank all those who have made donations to help government address any impact and prevention of the outbreak,” he said.
”We also commend the federal government’s efforts at curtailing the spread of the virus in Nigeria,
“We hope to launch an awareness programme with full support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), we will use the medium to disperse information which is critical to managing the situation.”