The Nigerian Government has suspended Turkish Airlines from operating in Nigeria in response to the numerous complaints received of their mistreatment of Nigerian passengers.
The Airlines were ordered to cease operation to and from Nigeria until they are ready to comply with the requirements of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority which include operating with an aircraft with capacity to lift passengers with their baggage at the same time in the same aircraft.
The government’s directive came as a result of recent cases; in which the airline failed to bring in passengers into Nigeria together with their checked-in baggage.
In a letter to the airline by the acting Director-General, NCAA, Capt. Abdullahi Sidi, which the Federal Ministry of Aviation made available in Abuja on Thursday; the authority expressed displeasure at the incidents, which it said happened repeatedly for over two weeks.
Sidi lamented that the incidents became so bad that most recent Turkish Airlines flights arrived in Nigeria; without more than 85 per cent of passengers’ baggage on board.
He said, “Our airport authority has been facing a serious crisis controlling the passengers at the airport whenever they arrive without their baggage. This issue has made passengers to carry out several mob actions at our airports; and it is a great threat to our airport facilities.
“In view of all these, and a series of meetings held with the Turkish Airlines personnel; which did not yield any solution to this problem, the NCAA is therefore left with no option than to direct Turkish Airlines 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 of December, 2019.”