The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed Turkish Airlines to suspend its operations into Nigeria, pending when it is ready to operate with the right size of aircraft that can transport all passengers with their baggage at the same time.
This is coming on the heels of recent cases of not bringing passengers into Nigeria together with their checked-in baggage.
In a letter to the Airline by the NCAA Acting Director General, Captain Abdullahi Sidi on Wednesday, the Authority expressed serious displeasure over the incidences, which it said have been going on for over two weeks.
According to him, the incidences have become so bad that the most recent flights arrived without more than 85% of passengers baggage on board.
According to him, “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 to carry out several mob actions at our airport 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,” he said.