All international Lagos-bound flights on Friday diverted to Abuja airport over non-functional runway lights at the Lagos airport.
Passengers expected to arrive from other countries into Lagos on Friday are currently stranded in Abuja airport over the inability of airlines to land in Nigeria’s commercial capital.
British Airways sent a message to its passengers that it’s Friday flight from London to Lagos had to divert to Abuja airport due to local infrastructure issues in Lagos.
The message reads: “BA075 Lagos – We’re very sorry your flight to Lagos had to divert to Abuja due to local infrastructure issues in Lagos. Your new estimated departure time is on 19th June at 12:00 local time, arriving into Lagos at around 13:30 local time.
“Transport from the hotel will depart for the airport at 08:00 local time. Please continue to check ba.com/flight status.”
A source stated that flights couldn’t land on Friday night because the runway lights were not functioning at the time.
In a related development, Green Africa Airways announced that there will be a delay of flight operations by the airline to July 2021 contrary to its expectations to commence flights on June 24.
The airline has also suspended any further booking on its website and would be contacting customers who have previously booked.
At a joint meeting between top officials of the regulatory body and senior executives of Green Africa, it was concluded that the airline’s Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) will not be available till July 2021 due to unanticipated circumstances.
Babawande Afolabi, Founder and CEO of Green Africa said, ‘This is certainly a bump in the road, and we are mindful of the impact especially on our customers and other stakeholders. However, we are confident of the NCAA’s support and commitment to get Green Africa into service, and we have also put plans in place to compensate our affected customers.’
All customers who have booked flights with Green Africa will be able to move their flights to future dates starting August 2021 at no extra charge.