Four days after a number of foreign airlines diverted their Lagos bound flights to Accra, Ghana, reportedly on account of the unavailability of functional landing systems at the Lagos airport, an estimated 1,500 Nigeria air passengers remain stranded in the West African country.
British Airways, Rwandair, Delta, Emirates and Qatar Airlines are among foreign airlines that diverted their flights from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos to Kotoka International Airport, in Accra.
The passengers, who are already stranded are uncertain as to when they will finally depart Ghana for Nigeria.
PRNigeria gathered that despite making assurances, the affected airlines, are yet to airlift their stranded passengers, citing poor visibility caused by harmattan around airspaces in Lagos.
It was also learnt that British Airways has concluded plans to airlift their affected passengers back to the United Kingdom (UK).
British Airways said they have finally cancelled their flight to Lagos due to operational constraints.
A mail from the airline to the affected passengers read thus:
“BA075-We would like to sincerely apologise for the disruption to your journey to Lagos. Due to adverse weather at the airport, we were unable to safely land into Lagos Airport… If you wish to travel from Accra – London Heathrow, there are limited availability of seats to book on.
“Please speak with our colleagues at the airport to adjust your ticket, subject to availability. BA078 Accra – London Heathrow is scheduled to depart at 23:00 local time. Please submit your receipts for claims hotels, transport, refreshment, the cost for calls and internet access & transport to www.ba.com/helpme.
“Our Customer Relations team will review each case on an individual basis. We understand this is not what you expect when you travel with us and apologise for the significant inconvenience we have caused to your journey.”
In the wake of the unanticipated development, it emerged that fares for Accra/Lagos flights by Ghana’s domestic airlines have since been hiked, as a result of increasing passenger traffic.