General Aviation Terminal (GAT)

AIRLINES especially those flying from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) are counting their losses today with the grounding of activities at the airport following the strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) and the Trade Union Congress( TUC).

Reports gathered by from a credible source is that the unions stormed the GAT in their numbers disrupting the activities there.

Counters of some airlines were seen shut as they groaned following the impact of the disruption.

However, also learnt that the same treatment was not meted on the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2(MMA2) operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation services Limited as flights from there operated normally without hitches.

With what has happened flights into airports that can only operate visual services like Owerri, Benin, Ondo State will be affected.

The unions which were around the GAT for over 4 hours were said by some airlines to have wreaked havoc on their operations.

Corporate Communication Manager, Air Peace, Chris Iwarah who spoke to said the situation was sad and unfortunate and is unfair to the airline.

” it is sad and with what the unions have done, it affects all our operations. As I speak to you because we did not follow our schedule we may be unable to do our late flights into airports like Owerri, Benin, Ondo because the landing on those airports are visual and not instruments.”

” We are not against the union’s strike but they can carry out their industrial action without using it to affect the private businesses of others.”

Passengers who were affected by the union’s actions did not find it funny however stressing that the unions were only thinking about them not everyone.

“What is wrong with these unionists?” A passenger who simply wanted to be identified as Bertha said.

“If they were that intent on crippling the country they should have gone to the motor parks to stop vehicles from traveling out of the state or those ‘danfo’ from moving. Instead they are here and I am missing my flight,” she said.

Media Manager of Arik Air, Adebanji Ola who also spoke to our correspondent, said the unionists disrupted their counters briefly before moving on.

He however said, flights have resumed and Arik’s services gave commenced normally.


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