- There was an air of frustration among some passengers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Monday, May 9
- This came as passengers who were long due for flights were kept waiting with no explanation by an airline
- This resulted in the crowding of the boarding gate by the passengers who were already pissed off due to flight delays
Abuja - A lot of passengers on Monday, May 9, blocked the boarding gate of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja due to delays in flights.
Some of the aggrieved and furious passengers told Premium Times that they have been at the airport since the evening of Sunday, May 8.
The newspaper gathered that passengers of an airline due for flight at 7 p.m. on Sunday were still at the terminal as of 8.36 am on Monday without explanation from the management.
A passenger said:
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“They already had delayed it from 7 to 9 pm yesterday. From 9:45 yesterday till now…"
Airline operators cancel nationwide shutdown, flights resume
Meanwhile, the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) had suspended the decision to cripple the aviation sector on Monday.
President of the AON, Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, who announced this said the decision was taken after deliberations with the federal government.
The development came after no fewer than six airlines backed out of the planned shutdown. The statement read:
” The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) wishes to inform the general public that further to numerous calls from the highest echelons in government with promises to urgently intervene in the crises being faced by airlines due to the astronomic and continuously rising cost of JetA1, that the AON has acceded to requests to withdraw the action for the time being while we allow for a fresh round of dialogue with government in the hope of reaching an amicable solution.”
Domestic airlines increase flight tickets by 100% days after trading words with NASS on increasing delays
Recall that airfares across Nigeria were increased by as much as 100%, checks on airlines' websites gathered.
Ticket fares to cities like Port Harcourt, Ilorin, and northern states like Kebbi, Borno, Adamawa, and Kano were increased by as much as 100%.