Airlines cancel and delay flights as unions shut entrances over strike action

Airlines operating from Lagos airport terminals and other terminals across airports in the country on Monday canceled and delayed flights as a result of strike action by aviation workers.

Entrances into Murtala Muhammed Airport 2, (MMA2) and General Aviation Terminal (GAT) were blocked, forcing passengers to walk with their luggage into the airport terminals.

For some airlines, their flights were not permitted to depart the airports, leaving passengers stranded across terminals.

BusinessDay had earlier reported that there may be flight delays and cancellations on Monday as aviation workers said they will on Monday, June 3rd, join the indefinite strike action declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the Federal Government’s refusal to raise the proposed minimum wage from N60,000.

In a letter by the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, (ANAP) signed by Abdul Rasaq Saidu, secretary general of the association, he stated that they are aware of the complaints and hardship being faced by all working-class people “but in spite of the masses outcry the federal government did not reason to do the needful to pay acceptable wages.”

Saidu further stated that “the nonchalant attitude of the national assembly on the face-off between the organized labour and the federal government is ridiculous and very unacceptable.

The letter stated that “in light of the aforementioned, all ANAP members and indeed all aviation workers are hereby directed to stay away from work at midnight of Sunday, 2nd June 2024 as directed by both the NLC and TUC till further notice.”

Ado Sanusi, managing director, Aero Contractors who confirmed the development said while flights are being operated, there are delays because of the disruptions caused by aviation workers.

Sanusi said the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) are still providing essential services to the airlines but flights are being delayed because passengers are finding it difficult to access the terminals.

In a statement by United Nigeria Airlines, it disclosed that none of its scheduled flights have been permitted to depart the airport significantly affecting its services and operations.

“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to your travel plans. Please be rest assured that we are actively monitoring the situation to evaluate its impact on our operations and will provide updates accordingly,” the airline stated.

Source: BusinessDay NG

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