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General News of Monday, 9 May 2022


Furious passengers block Abuja airport over delays in flight

Frustrated passengers block the boarding gates of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport Frustrated passengers block the boarding gates of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport

Passengers whose flights were delayed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja have blocked the boarding gates of the airport.

The passengers who vented their anger told Premium Times that they have been at the airport since Sunday night to catch flights to different destinations.

As of 8:36 a.m., passengers of Arik airline due for take off at 7 p.m. on Sunday were still at the terminal ‘without explanation from the flight workers or officials.’

“They already had delayed it from 7 to 9 pm yesterday. From 9:45 yesterday till now….,” a passenger told Premium Times.

Pictures that were made available to Premium Times showed the passengers had an uncomfortable night at the airport as chairs within the airport served as mattresses for scores of them.

Airline operators, in a letter on Friday, announced plans to suspend operations from Monday over high cost of jet fuel and other operational costs.

The airlines, however, reversed their decisions Sunday evening. Before the reversal, some airlines like Ibom Air and Dana had said they would not be joining their colleagues to suspend operations.

The information not to continue with the boycott was conveyed in a letter signed by Serina Abdulmunaf, president, Airline Operators Association, and jointly signed by the chief executive officers of six domestic airline operators.

“…the AON has acceded to requests to withdraw the action for the time being while we allow for a fresh round of dialogue with the government in the hope of reaching an amicable solution,” the letter read in part.

Airline operators had on Friday in a letter addressed to the Minister of Aviation, Sadi Sirika, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said they will halt operations from Monday, amidst an astronomical increase in aviation fuel.

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