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Power Outage Disrupts Airlines’ Operations at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos



AirportFlight operations were disrupted at the International terminal of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMA), Lagos, for two days; Saturday and Sunday, following continued power outage there.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the power outage affected international operations of airlines flying in and out of the airport.

The General Manager, Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati, confirmed the development on Sunday in Lagos to newsmen.

“There was a power outage from the PHCN and the airport has continued to rely on our independent power supply.

However, when power was restored, the surge adversely affected the K16 transformer that serves the Air-bridges and rendered them unserviceable.

This has adversely affected operations of departing flights. The heavy rainfall has further delayed attempts by our electrical engineers to effect repairs immediately,” he said.

However, FAAN had apologised to passengers, airlines and the general public for the inconvenience caused by the development.

The authority said that efforts were being made to find a lasting solution to it.

NAN gathered that as a result of this development at the nation’s busiest airport, passengers that were either boarding or disembarking aircraft now use the ramps rather than the tarmac fingers.

As at Saturday, August 27, the disruption necessitated by the power failure affected international flights operated by KLM/Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and South Africa Airways.

A source close to one of the airlines told NAN that the disruption continued on Sunday as electricity had not been restored.

The source said that passengers on international flights operated by Arik Air, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air Maroc also used the ramp.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Me2me

    August 29, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Buhari weldone oh. And no one should ask me how it is buhari’s fault… he is the head and all blame shall be upon him

  2. Nuna

    August 29, 2016 at 11:11 am

    But this is normal naa. I was traveling in April and power was out for nearly an hour. they ended up using rechargeable lanterns to search our bags.

  3. Rossychick

    August 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    My emirate flight had an accident last year because there was no light on the run way. It’s very normal in Nigeria.

  4. Nellyv

    August 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    This country is such a big embarrassment to its citizens. Since Buhari came into power, he has brought nothing but bad news to Nigeria. People are dying, while others are suffering but u dont seem to give a rat ass about them. D wrath of God awaits mama mmadu Buhari.

  5. Nellyv

    August 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    *** I meant awaits u*****

  6. artklub

    August 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    please do not blame this on buhari, that is the nigerian standard since ever. when they talk about maintenance culture people no understand until it inconveniences them personally. to fly in/out of lagos airport is really a mess.

    • kikiki

      August 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      So where is the change Buhari promised? Zombie sighted from afar

  7. Bella

    August 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    This is the biggest challenge facing Nigeria and Africa as a whole , Where is the maintenance culture, do we have to wait till every single building and architecture, service industry and hospitals, drop to the floor before we can do something? I tie no be small.

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