Nigerian aviation authority said on Friday that it has directed Turkish Airlines to suspend its operation into the west African country over issues on logistics.
Flight operations into Nigeria by the airline will be suspended indefinitely, with effect from December 16, until they agree to operate with the right aircraft size and bring passengers into the country together with their checked-in baggage, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said.
The NCAA said it has communicated its serious displeasure about the recent cases of not bringing passengers into Nigeria together with their checked-in baggage to the airline since Wednesday. The development, it noted, had been ongoing for two weeks now.
“These incidents have become so bad that the most recent flight arrived without 85 percent of passengers’ baggage on board,” said Abdullahi Sidi, the acting head of the NCAA.
“Our airport authorities have been facing serious crises controlling the passengers at the airport whenever they arrive without their pieces of baggage,” said Sidi.
Sidi said the issue had made passengers carry out several mob actions at Nigerian airports and it is a great threat to local airport facilities.
The Nigeria aviation authority and the Turkish Airlines had held a series of meeting in view of the situation, which did not yield any solution to the problem, he added.
Turkish Airlines personnel in Nigeria were unavailable for comments on the new directive as of the time of filing this report. Enditem