Med-View Airline Fails To Fly London Bound Stranded Passengers At Lagos Airport
Med-View Airlines today reneged in its promise to airlift London passengers, who have been stranded since Sunday at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
The latest development makes it the second time in two days; the airline will be disappointing its London bound passengers.
Recalled that not less than 120 London bound passengers of Med-View Airline have been stranded in Lagos since Sunday while the London passengers have also been stranded in London since last Wednesday, last week.
The Lagos-London flight was rescheduled to depart the country at 13:30, but failed to do so just like it happened in the previous day; Sunday.
Abelnewsng.com learnt that Med-View Airline flight No VL0209, was however rescheduled to depart the country again on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
A source close to the airline told Abelnewsng.com that the airline’s stranded passengers in London Gatwick may be brought back to the country today with the new aircraft the carrier leased in Europe.
When Abelnewsng.com visited the international wing of the Lagos Airport, the airline’s counters were closed and official of the airline were nowhere to be found.
The source blamed the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for its inability to provide certification for its newly acquired wet leased aircraft.
Meanwhile, a source in the airline stated that the management had communicated to the affected passengers through emails and text messages.
Abelnewsng.com learnt that the two of the airline’s passengers Mr. Smart Ibe and Mr. Ademidun Agboola, who were affected and who had urgent visa issues were airlifted on Ethiopia Airlines on Sunday while those who came from outside Lagos were given hotel accommodation.
Besides, 11 other passengers were put on Turkish Airlines while some, who paid cash, were refunded as well.
Contacted, the Media Consultant, Mr. Oyibotha Obuke said that the airline was attending to the matter, adding that flights would be arriving the country on Tuesday and Wednesday from London to airlift the passengers.
He added that hopefully by Wednesday the airline would have airlifted all the stranded passengers.
Recalled that Med-View had on Sunday assured that it would airlift the stranded passengers in Lagos, Nigeria at 3pm on Monday, but failed to do so.
The assurance was contained in a statement by the airline’s Media Consultant, Mr. Oyibotha Obuke
The airline in the statement had regretted the inconveniences suffered by the affected passengers and that everything possible within Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in aviation was being done to airlift them.