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JUST IN: Angry Passengers Block Abuja Airport Over Flight Delays

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

Passengers blocking the boarding gate of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja

Scores of passengers have blocked the boarding gate of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja following the delay in their flights.

Angry passengers told our correspondents on Monday morning 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 pm yesterday till now…,” a passenger said

Pictures taken showed that many of the passengers had uncomfortable nights at the airport as chairs within the airport served as mattresses for a good number.

The information not to continue with the boycott was conveyed in a letter signed by Serina Abdulmunaf, president of, 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.

In reaction to the letter, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, pleaded with Nigerian airlines to suspend their planned shutdown of operations from Monday over the increase in the cost of aviation fuel from N190 to N700 per litre.

Following the move, four airlines separately pulled out of the plan and said they will continue their operations. The airlines are Ibom Air, Arik, Air Peace, Aero Contractors and Dana.

On Sunday, AON said all airlines have suspended the plan and operations will no longer be halted.

We have also reached this decision with the highest consideration for our esteemed customers who have been faced with uncertainty over the last few days and to enable them to have access to to their various destinations for the time being during the period of discussions with relevant authorities,” the airlines said.

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