Again, Turkish Airlines Plane Arrives Abuja Airport Without Passengers’

Only two weeks after Turkish Airlines flight TK624 failed to airlift luggage of its passengers from Istanbul to Abuja, which led to security breach at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport (NAA), Abuja, the airline again yesterday failed to bring along with its passengers their luggage to the same airport.
The incident is also coming few days after the airline was ordered  by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to pay compensation to the affected passengers on board flight TK624 whose luggage were delayed by the carrier for over five days.
The first incident also led the suspension of three top officials of the airport by the minister of state for Transport (Aviation), Senator Hadi Sirika.
The general manager, Public Affairs, NCAA had explained that the airline under the supervision of the Consumer Protection Officers (CPO) of the regulatory authority ensured that the passengers were paid full monetary compensation as contained in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs).
This time, the airline according to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has again, in the morning of yesterday Saturday, January 9, 2016 delayed passengers’ luggage in a flight that arrived at 12.35pm.
With another occurrence, the managing director of FAAN, Engineer Saleh Dunoma has in strong terms, advised the airline to resolve the recurrent operational error.
Dunoma gave the advice at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, where he expressed the minister of Aviation, Sirika’s displeasure to the management of Turkish Airlines.
“Dunoma has described as unacceptable, this reoccurrence barely two weeks after a similar incident led to a breach of airport security and called for quick and lasting resolution of this unwholesome act capable of disrupting the peace and harmony of the airport,” the FAAN was represented in a statement shortly after the incident yesterday.
He however appealed to passengers to remain calm and law abiding as the authority is making frantic efforts to find a lasting solution and safeguard their rights.
Meanwhile, stakeholders have called for the sanctioning of the Turkish Airlines by the NCAA over the incessant non-lifting of air passengers luggage.
An airline official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the NCAA must sanction the airline heavily because it was not doing it for the first time and therefore not a first offender, as passengers have always experienced delayed or missing luggage on board the airline.
“This time the airline did not use big aircraft, as the passengers were not much compared to flight TK624. The passengers did not breach security, as airport authority officials were there to calm them down,” the source said.
Over 100 Nigerian passengers on Christmas day protested at the tarmac of the Abuja airport over the loss of their luggage on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul, causing a breach of security that led to the suspension of three top officials of FAAN who are heads of various departments at the airport.
The protesting passengers were pictured clinging to the aircraft and some lying on the tarmac, more than five days after the Turkish Airlines arrived Abuja without their luggage. Many of the passengers slept at the airport on Christmas day.

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