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Nigeria suspends Turkish Airlines operations over luggage delays

THE Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Friday suspended Turkish Airlines from operating into the country over persistent baggage delays.

A letter by the NCCA to the airline,said  the suspension takes effect from December 16.

The aviation authority also pointed out that the development would remain the same until the airline was ready to operate using the appropriate aircraft size that would convey both passengers and their luggage at the same time.

“These incidents, which has been going on for two weeks, has become so bad that the most recent flight arrived without 85 per cent of passengers’ baggage onboard.

“Our Airport Authority has been facing serious crises controlling the passengers at the airport whenever they arrive without their baggage.

“This issue has made passengers carry out several mob actions at our airport and it is a great threat to our airport facilities

“In view of all these, and the series of meetings held with Turkish Airlines personnel, which did not yield any solution to the problem, the NCAA is, therefore, left with no option than to direct Turkish Airline 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.

“If no remedial action is carried out by your airline, this suspension shall be effective from the 16th December 2019,” said Captain Abdullahi Sidi, Acting Director NCAA.

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