Airlines Use TorchLight To Screen Passengers As Power Outage Hits MMIA Airport On Saturday & Sunday

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August 29, 2016 – FAAN Apologises Over Power Outage At MMIA Airport Ikeja Lagos On Saturday & Sunday

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos again witnessed power outage at the aerodrome. The problem caused major disruption of flight services to airlines.

Arik, Air Maroc, Lufthansa, Delta, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air France, Delta, British Airways, South African Airways among others, expressed disappointment over the problem that has lingered for more than four years. Power outage at the Lagos airport is a recurring problem and one that has brought shame to the country.

The problem was said to have gone on for two days, that is, Saturday and Sunday. The power outage was yet to be restored, thereby causing serious problems to carriers with many of them finding it extremely difficult to profile passengers, leading to late departure of virtually all the airlines.

Many were seen using flashlights to check in passengers and for security profiling. Many of them who spoke to Daily Telegraph decried the appalling situation, calling on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to quickly look for a solution to the incessant power outage at the airport. Spokesman for FAAN, Yakubu Dati, said that there was a power outage from PHCN and the airport was on their independent power supply.

“However, when power was restored, the surge adversely affected the K16 transformer that serves the Air-bridges and rendered them unserviceable. This adversely affected operations of departing flights.

The heavy rainfall further delayed attempts by engineers to effect repairs immediately.” He said it was gathered that as result of the serious power outage, chaos took over as many carriers warned of security consequences over the issue as some of the equipment could not be powered by the generator set provided by FAAN.

Meanwhile, FAAN has apologised to passengers, airlines and the general public for the inconvenience caused by this development , adding that efforts were being made to find a lasting solution. The recent embarrassing power outage at the MMA is one too many.

[Daily Telegraph]

14 thoughts on “Airlines Use TorchLight To Screen Passengers As Power Outage Hits MMIA Airport On Saturday & Sunday

  1. There is no excuse for this shameful situation. The MMIC is one of the major gateways into our country and this is a serious further dent to this country’s image. Even if the PHCN does not supply electricity the monies collected daily from cars entering the Airport is more than enough to provide facilities that would ensure good back-up power supply to the operations at the Airport.
    Besides, the general threat to the security of passengers and Aircrafts worldwide makes it imperative that security concerns be addressed efficiently. Mere apology is not enough. There should be investigation as to why the lapse should occur and if necessary a re-shuffle of staff to ensure efficiency in the entire system.

  2. This is not new it happened to me there twice 2006 & 2013,that is Nija for you, the story will never change. ONLY GOD CAN HELP US…..

  3. Aah ! Real life DIE HARD movie reloaded . Just speechless. Few hours can be acceptable with solid reason, but days ? Hell no ! Someone should get the papers & good lawyers.

  4. This sort of SHIT happens often only in Nigeria. If places like Airports, Stadiums etc… where can easily be access by International eyes can record this type of poor outcome, then the Nigeri govt should cover their face in shame.

    When the right calibres of candidates are in Authority,
    THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER,

    I take a stroll…

  5. Only in Nigeria … yeye, shameless leaders and citizens. They run abroad to treat even a headache, yet claim to be the “giant” of Africa. Those airlines should land in Ghana or the neighboring countries and let the passengers travel by road to Nigeria, since nobody has the common sense to figure out a solution to power outage problem in Nigeria.

  6. This is nothing but a shame of a nation. I have personally experience airconditioner failure in 2014, and the faluire of the conveyor belts that caused about 2 hrs delayed in luggage delivery at the Arrival on my way from Ghana. This is what corruption, poor management, poor infrastructures, bad governance, poor judgment, and faluire of leadership will do to any nation. We have turned to the laughing stock of the world because it seems like nothing is working properly or normal again in Nigeria. Majority of our manufacturering industries have relocateD to Ghana because it cost too much to produce in Nigeria because of unstable power supply, what about insecurity? The last Olympic in Rio also exposed faluire of Nigerian system, thank God for that great Nigerian-Coach Siasia for achieving so much with mo financial help from Nigerian Olympic Organizers. Corruption of over 40 years due to looting have brought Nigeria on her knee in the face of the world. Our people are highly corrupt, and immorality is now celebrated as a norm in our sinful society.May God Almighty deliver us from ourselves. Amen.

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