Flight operations were early this morning massively disrupted at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos following the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos.
Most airtravellers and other users of the airport had to trek some distances before they could access the airport.
Most of them were either seen dragging their luggage on the ground or carried it in their heads in order to meet up with their flight schedules.
Despite this, flight delays were massive at the airport while some could still not show up for their flights.
Some of the airline operators had to send messages via the social media and calling up passengers to inform them of the situation to avoid them coming to the terminals to wait endlessly not knowing when the traffic situation on the roads would abate.
Mr. Kingsley Ezenwa, the spokesman of Dana Air said the airline had to inform its clients of possible disruption to their schedules through the social media.
He said: “We have been putting out information on social media and sending messages to our passengers also reassuring them that we are going to accommodate them on our multiple flights out of Lagos to other destinations. We actually have up to five flights out of Lagos to Abuja and we have also been chatting with them so that passengers get updates on the situation”.
Mr. Chris Iwarah, sookesman for Air lamented the sordid situation especially to their passengers who had to trek long distance to get to the airport terminal while others were stranded at various bus stops without vehicles to board.
“We would have been quite insensitive if we didn’t empathise with our guests and take steps to ameliorate their difficulties. The situation however caused huge,huge,huge disruptions across our network, off course you know Lagos is our hub so you can only imagine how far the disruptions went to disrupt our flights for the day, we deeply regret the challenge for the day”.
As at the time of filling this reports, the situation in Lagos also affected airports across the country, as many passengers where waiting for the aircraft that would take them out to other cities.
According to reports, Many airline passengers had to pay more on transport to get to a point where they were dropped off and trek into the airport as security agents blocked some parts of the roads leading into the airport.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in a statement yesterday informed passengers, airport users and the public of the visit of Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos State for two days official visit.
The authority stated that commercial vehicles would only operate from 7am-7pm around the Murtala Muhammed Airport Wednesday 28, 2018 to allow smooth movement around the airport during the visit.