Aero passengers stranded overnight at Abuja airport

Posted: November 10, 2013 in News

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Over 50 passengers of Aero Contractors Airlines were left stranded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from Friday night till daybreak on Saturday.

It was learnt that passengers of flight AJ132 belonging to Aero were meant to leave NAIA for Lagos on Friday, but the flight did not take off until about 8am on Saturday.

The Coordinating General Manager (Communications) Aviation Parastatals, Mr. Yakubu Dati, and an official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, who was present at the airport when the incident happened, confirmed the development to our correspondent.

The FAAN official stated that the passengers slept at the airport after the airline failed to convey them to their destination.

The official said, “They had to sleep at the airport because the flight was delayed till close to midnight and it will be unsafe to start looking for a hotel to lodge at that time of the night.

“Some of the passengers who opted to sleep in one of Aero’s aircraft on the tarmac were asked not to do so by security men. But most of them slept in the terminal.”

Asked of what may have warranted such treatment on passengers by the airline, the official said the flight might have developed engine problems.

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