Talk about weird happenings in Nigeria, and this is one. An aggrieved Twitter user Obong Amasi, took to the platform to disclose how his friend was brought to Lagos, because the aircraft she boarded couldn’t land at Asaba Airport.
According to Obong, after the Arik aircraft got to Asaba, they told the passengers whose flight was delayed for one hour that Asaba Airport closes by 6pm and then brought them back to Lagos.
His tweets read;
Today my Friend boarded a Flight (Arik) from Lagos to Asaba. On getting to Asaba, they told them Asaba Airport closes by 6pm. Can you believe they brought them back to Lagos even after they got to Asaba? Nigerians, where did we step on Jazz? Nigeria, its time to Grow!!!
Even after the Flight was delayed for over an hour. And the annoying part is the behavior of Arik Staffs. God help us.
She just got to Town and she’s on her way to the Village. Thank God for Journey Mercies. No thanks to Arik.”
The incident has already been confirmed by the airline’s spokesperson Olabanji Ola. He reportedly told Premium Times;
“When the pilot approached the Asaba Airport, the control tower told him it would be too late for the aircraft to take off again if it lands in the airport.
“The airport is for daylight operation because it does not have traffic lighting. So, there’s a particular time if the pilot enters the airport the plane would not be able to take off again because of sunset,” Mr. Ola said.
The incident happened around 6.15p.m., he said.
The spokesperson said that Arik was very well aware of the limitation at the Asaba airport, but that “the normal time the airport is supposed to close which the airport gave us is 6.30 p.m.”.
He, however, said that the airline was not liable for any damage the passengers may have suffered because of the incident.
“What has happened is a force majeure, the airline is not liable. In this circumstances, what we did was to reschedule the flight for next day.
“It is not as if we have canceled the flight. Any passenger that is not ready to be on the flight again, we will refund the fare”