Passengers using the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos have expressed concerns about the confusion and lack of proper information that followed the directives by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo to relocate airlines to the new terminal at the airport.
The PUNCH reports that Keyamo had made a surprising announcement, directing all airlines to relocate from the airport by October 1, 2023, but the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria last Wednesday forcefully relocated the international carriers to the facility.
While this move may be seen as a necessary step for airport improvement and development, it has caused worries among international students and passengers alike.
International students, who rely on frequent flights to their home countries, are concerned about the potential disruptions and inconveniences this relocation may cause. Many of them have already booked their flights well in advance and fear that these changes could lead to missed connections and increased travel time.
Speaking to a group of international students studying at various institutions in Nigeria, the majority expressed their disappointment and worries over the minister’s decision.
A passenger expressed her distress, highlighting concerns about the sudden and unplanned nature of the notice.
She described her reaction to the news as disturbing and confusing, hoping that no further complications would arise prior to her flight, adding the impromptu nature of the notice had caused unease among passengers, leaving them uncertain about what may happen during the transition period.
Expressing concerns over the impact on airline operations, she emphasized the potential disruptions that could occur due to the abrupt relocation directive. “The notice is very short and unplanned, and it would affect most airline operations too,” she explained.
The unexpected relocation notice has fueled worries among passengers, generating uncertainty about the alternatives that may be implemented. She also mentioned the possibility of being redirected to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, which would not only inconvenience travellers but also raise additional concerns about the logistics and travel arrangements. (Punch)