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Over 190 Air Nigeria Passengers Arrive Nigeria after being Stranded in London for 8 Hours

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The troubled times facing Air Nigeria, Nigeria’s second largest airline, culminated in a long flight delay and witholding of luggage which has left many people upset.

Media reports say that over 190 Air Nigeria passengers who arrived the Gatwick Airport, London for their flight which was supposed to leave at 8:30 on Friday morning for Nigeria were allegedly stranded at the airport for about eight hours.

The delay was reportedly due to the lack of fuel to fly the aircraft to Lagos. Passengers who wanted to board the plane were asked to contribute extra £40 each for the purchase of Aviation Fuel.

Channels TV reported that the plane eventually left Gatwick airport at 4:30 pm and arrived Nigeria at about 12:30 early this morning.

To further worsen the situation the passengers were asked come back for their luggage.

There are reports that the passengers are planning to sue the airline company and it’s chairman, Jimoh Ibrahim for the delay and their yet-to-be released luggage.

Some days ago, it was reported that the Chairman of the airline, Jimoh Ibrahim fired a substantial number of its workforce. The Airline also announced in a statement released by its Chairman that it has suspended its operations for the next 12 months.

The statement further noted that the airline was bedeviled with “staff disloyalty” and an harsh operating environment and only about 50 “loyal” workers from various departments of the airline were retained. Almost half of the airline’s fleet had been pulled out of service.

The airline also advised passengers to contact agents from whom they had purchased tickets for a refund.

From Monday September 10, 2012,  Air Nigeria will no longer fly for at least a year.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

14 Comments

  1. PJ

    September 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    How sad

  2. Theodora

    September 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    i just cant understand what is going on with Air nigeria, where on earth do you tell passengers to bring money for fuel,, jeez this sounds like home video in the making, this guys had better close down permanently cause its obvious they are tired of work………imagine the rubbish

  3. Pendo

    September 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    sad situation however they are not alone this reminds me of a similar soty last year it almost happened to Air France in August this year too they even pre warned the passengers that they may have to fork out some cash to pay for fuel but were later able to resolve the problem without passengers paying
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57326727/airline-strands-passengers-demands-cash-for-fuel/?tag=contentMain;contentBody and http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57495340/air-france-asks-passengers-for-gas-money-in-syria/

  4. iamfascinating

    September 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    hmmn. terrible.

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    • KingsQueen

      September 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      LOL! retinol and collagen creams @ 25 :s! surely the world is coming to an end, hahahaha…

  5. Hilary O.N. Uzokwe

    September 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Nothing good ever comes out of Nazereth. Nigeria, a failed state can only give rise failed companies and products.

  6. why

    September 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    If Ekenedilichukwu or Chisco should load London to Naija, these same people will enter. Ndi cheap article…..serves them right.
    Where was BA, Emirates, Ethihad, Qatar, KLM et al Wen they chose Bella Naija airline….

    • Gimmer

      September 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Didn’t know bella NAija has started its own airline…up uche eze. Lol

  7. Austino Da Whizchap!

    September 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Naija Sha…We No Dey Carry Last! Always Dishing Out Actions. God Save Airn Nigeria And Protect Passengers’ Lives. Amen!

  8. gimmer

    September 10, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I.G.G..initial Gra Gra…they can’t do jack to this airline/Jimoh Ibrahim. going by history of Nigerians letting people walk over them, they will bark and the story will die naturally. See why some of us just don’t bother with Nigerian own, Nigerian operated anything? if i can’t seek legal recourse when you screw up, ermmmm, i simply don’t do business with you. Nigerians should learn to only patronize business entities that have a reputation to protect…who the heck is Jimoh Ibrahim and why should he care that several passengers who were silly enough to do business with him in the first place are now stranded?

  9. Amber

    September 10, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Ay ya ya…Nigeria my one and lonely country

  10. omolola

    September 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Jimoh Ibrahim is like Midas …….only in his case, anything he touches turns to dust.

  11. great Nigeria

    September 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Nigeria is lacking behind and I think the country need prayer cos dis year June dey wast people’s life at fagba,thank GOD dat d faulty dat Der is no field was seen before dey live,wat if on Der way coming and dey nw informing dem about it wat do u think will happen,instead of Nigeria moving forward d country is worsen evryblessed day,no security,electricity,employment.People are dieing evryday because of boko-haram and no solution to it.Nigeria wake up frm ur slumber before it’s too late.

  12. great Nigeria

    September 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    May GOD save Nigeria

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