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Turkish Airlines suspended in Nigeria

Turkish Airlines suspended in Nigeria

Doris Ukaonu

For the recurrent ill-treatment of passengers who board their flight, the Nigerian government has suspended the service of Turkish Airlines.

In a letter signed by Abdullahi Sidi, the Director-General of Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), it states that if the airline does not turn a new leaf, the suspension will continue to linger.

There have been several reported cases of the airline leaving passengers behind even though their luggage has been cleared already.

“This issue had made passengers carry out several mob actions at our airport and it was a great threat to our airport facilities,” Sidi said.

According to the Director-General, unless Turkish airline agrees to fly with the size of aircraft that can accommodate all passengers along with their baggage, they will not be allowed to operate.

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Turkish Airlines flew into Nigeria with about 85 per cent of passengers’ baggage on board and despite series of meetings the airline has refused to bulge. 

“The NCAA is therefore left with no option than to direct Turkish Airlines to suspend its operations into Nigeria until such a time when the airline is ready to operate with the right size of aircraft that can transport all passengers with their baggage at the same time,” Sidi said.

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