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News Updated: May 15, 2022

Passengers Stranded At Mallam Aminu Kano Airport

By Sydney Elike
May 15, 2022
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The Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is presently filled with passengers who have been stranded there for 24 hours.

According to reports, some of the passengers at the departure wing of the airport because they didn't get wind of the rescheduled flight until late in the evening.

Most of those traveling from Abuja to Lagos lamented their plight, disclosing that they were supposed to fly by 4 pm on Saturday but were notified about the rescheduled flight at about 8 pm.

"I was here yesterday and expected to fly around 4 but these people were not even around to tell us anything. Only to get a notification around 8 pm that the flight had been rescheduled to today (Sunday).

"Some of us spent the night here. This is totally disappointing,” Jamilu Rabiu, one of the passengers revealed

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It was also gathered from some of the workers at the airport that the airline has been having issues with aviation oil marketers.

One of the staff said many of the affected passengers (women and children included) found it hard to return to their destinations or check into a hotel to spend the rest of the day.

"Some passengers were here yesterday around 11 pm. They complained to them about accommodation and they were taken to a hotel.

"But some have left while some remained here until today,” an official of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), who begged anonymity stated.

Shedding more light on the situation, another staff disclosed that the current issue came about as a result of technical difficulties, adding that the passengers would be able to fly on Sunday evening.

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"As you can see, we are now clearing yesterday’s passengers. We had 4 pm yesterday and 7.30 am and another 4 pm today. So we are expected to clear them today (Sunday).”

“One of our aircraft is coming in the next one hour and we will clear yesterday’s passengers and today’s 7.30 pm. They all have collected their boarding passes and now we are waiting for the flight,” he said.

 

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Sydney Elike

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