Poor Weather Continues To Obstruct Flights In Lagos
By Iwedi Ojinmah 6 days ago
Hundreds of Lagos-bound passengers continue to be stranded in Accra, Ghana, Dakar, Senegal and the Benin Republic as the poor visibility continued at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
A Lagos-bound Delta Airlines was on Wednesday diverted to Dakar, Senegal and eventually had to return to Atlanta, on Wednesday as the weather in Lagos did not improve.
Apart from those stranded outside Nigeria, many domestic and international flights were cancelled in Lagos as the inclement weather prevailed.
While domestic airlines alternated between delays and outright cancellations, foreign airlines such as Turkish Airlines, Delta Airlines, British Airways, Emirates and Qatar rescheduled their flights.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, while apologising to the affected passengers, said those flights that were diverted to other countries should have been rerouted to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, AbujaRelated: Buhari Provides National Assembly A Reality Check, Tells Them Nigerians Believe You Are Overpaid For Doing Little Work
The minister in a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu, said Abuja airport was shorter or equidistant from Lagos to the foreign airports to which some of the flights had been diverted.
In recognition of Abuja as an alternate airport, Qatar Airlines had applied to divert its flights to Abuja and had been granted immediate approval.
“While these developments are greatly regretted, we wish to let the public know that the authorities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos are in the process of replacing the old Category ll Instrument Landing Systems with the newly procured Category lll system that allows for the lowest visibility landing.
“Unfortunately, there was a malfunctioning of certain components, which, coupled with the unforeseen weather conditions, made landing at the airport difficult.”
More details will be posted as they develop.