The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has said that the country’s domestic carriers and international airlines operating into the country made a combined ticket sales of N505.2bn in 2017.

Director-General, NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, noted this on Thursday at the Q2 2018 Business Breakfast Meeting of the Aviation Round Table in Lagos.

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According to him, the figure rose by 14.2 per cent or N82.7bn compared to the N422.4bn sales made in 2016.

He added that domestic airlines sold tickets worth N93.6bn, while the international carriers sold N411.6bn worth of tickets last year.

“The 2017 tickets sales are still higher despite low sales in January due to the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for six weeks to enable the government to rehabilitate its runway,” Usman added.

The DG attributed the high sales volume to stable forex regime; effective implementation of the Executive Order on ease of doing business; and the resumption of flight activities to the Maiduguri airport, which was earlier closed due to insurgency in the North-East.