Air France passengers not stranded in Chad, says NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has dismissed claims by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, that Nigerian passengers travelling from Paris to Abuja in an plane owned by the Air France airways have been stranded in Chad.

Speaking with our correspondent on Saturday, the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection of the NCAA, Michael Achimugu, dismissed Keyamo’s declare that passengers have been stranded.

Achimugu defined that the plane needed to land in Chad following a technical fault it developed as a result of climate.

He added that the airline has, nonetheless, lodged all of the passengers in a lodge assuring that they are going to all be airlifted to Abuja on Monday.

Responding to questions from our correspondent on the matter, the NCAA publicist stated, “ First of all, passengers should not stranded, that phrase is being abused as of late. The plane developed a technical fault as a result of climate. So the passengers can solely be stranded if the airline has deserted them however the airline has accommodated all the passengers in two five-star lodges and brought care of their feeding as effectively.

“They are not stranded, they are just concerned about when they will be airlifted back home finally. I have spoken with the airline and a ferry flight is coming so that the passengers can be airlifted first thing Monday morning. However discussions are on to see how possible it is to bring them to Abuja tomorrow (Sunday) but that conversation is not concluded yet, the only certain thing now is that they will be airlifted first thing on Monday morning but they are not stranded.”

This occurred barely per week after the NCAA vowed to sanction Turkish Airlines over an alleged maltreatment of about 300 passengers in Nigeria.

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Keyamo in a put up on his verified X deal with, acknowledged that Nigerians who have been travelling from Paris to Nigeria had been stranded in Chad.

The minister added that this was instantly dropped at his consideration and he instantly handed it on to the Consumer Protection Department of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to interface with the Airline.

Keyamo who made this recognized on Saturday additionally promised to replace Nigerians because the occasion unfolds.

The minister in his put up stated, “It has come to my consideration that some Nigerians on an Air France flight from Paris to Abuja are presently stranded in Chad, from the place the flight earlier dropped some passengers.

“I have immediately directed the Consumer Protection Department of NCAA to swing into action and engage Air France. We shall inform everyone of the outcome soon. Meanwhile, I urge @AirFranceNG to immediately issue a statement on the fate of those Nigerians.”

The minister additionally posted a video which confirmed just a few Nigerians lamenting over the event.



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