Despite the Easter holiday, which witnesses a surge in the movement of passengers, domestic airlines on Thursday were forced to delay and even cancel many flights because of the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria’s commercial city of Lagos.
Investigations reveal that many passengers missed their flights Thursday because the roads leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), were blocked due to the visit of the president.
This has forced airlines to adjust their flight schedule, cancel some of their morning flights and hoped to add additional flights on Friday in order to accommodate those who were not airlifted on Thursday because they could not get to the airport.
Dana Air spokesman Kingsley Ezenwa said that passengers who could not fly on Thursday would be accommodated in other flights subsequently without payment for no-show because they missed their flights due to the closure of the roads to the airport.
“The airspace is not closed but scheduled operations were cancelled because the roads to the airport were closed. The roads were opened at some point, which enabled us to operate our first flight; although the flight was delayed.
“We are in constant communication with our passengers so we have been sending them messages and some of them said that with the delays they cannot make it again today. We informed them we can accommodate them in the next flights from tomorrow for free,” Ezenwa said.
Culled from thisday
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