Lagos- Hundreds of air travellers were early Tuesday morning stranded across the nation’s airports especially at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja over sealing of debtor airlines.
A source close to Abuja confided in our correspondent on Tuesday that the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) sealed off the counters of Azman, Aero Contractors Airlines and a few others over huge outstanding debts
It was gathered that attempts by the management of FAAN to recover the debts – landing and parking charges and 5 per cent Passenger Service Charge (PSC) to recover the debts in the past proved abortive.
It was learnt that the management of FAAN had earlier written letters to all the airlines to reconcile their debts. While some complied and showed the willingness to pay the debts, a few others were nonchalant about it, a situation, which made the agency’s management to take decisive action.
There are reports that domestic airlines alone owe FAAN several billions of naira as irreconcilable debts, while efforts by the agency’s management to recover them had failed.
Some of the passengers who had planned to travel out of Abuja to Lagos, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt and others were shocked when their travels could not be processed by the affected airline’s staff counters.
Some of the passengers had procured tickets, while others planned to purchase tickets from the affected airlines.
Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa, Managing Director, Azman Airline, confirmed the development in a message to our correspondent.
Yunusa, however, said that the issue had been resolved by both parties while the airline had returned to operations.
Also, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, confirmed the action of the agency against debtor airlines in Abuja.