Forty-eight hours to enforcement of the suspension order on its operating flights into Nigeria, the Turkish Airlines has complied with the demands of the country’s aviation authorities.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika who confirmed this in a tweet says “Turkish Air operated A330 to Abuja today as against the small B737 in apparent response to our suspension order, we needed not to get to this”.
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had given the airline a deadline of Monday, December 16 to operate into the country with the right aircraft size to bring passengers together with their checked-in baggage or risk a suspension on operating flights into the country.
In the letter on December 11, 2019 signed by the Acting Director-General, Captain Abdullahi Sidi (Retired) and addressed to the airline’s Country Manager, the Authority expressed serious concerns over recent incidents where the airline brings passengers into Nigeria without their checked-in baggage.
The Authority said the incident “which has been going on for two weeks, has become so bad that the most recent flight arrived without 85% of passengers’ baggage onboard. Our Airport Authority have been facing serious crises controlling the passengers at the airport whenever they arrive without their baggages”.
Turkish Airlines is the national carrier of the Republic of Turkey. It reportedly has a fleet size of 348 and as at August 2019 it had scheduled services to 315 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The records show that it is the largest mainline carrier in the world by number of passenger destinations. The airline is also a member of the Star Alliance.
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