Abuja - The Federal Government has threatened
punitive action against international airline operators that flout local
Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, warned such
companies of "dire consequences."
"Government cannot continue to condone the practice
of subjecting Nigerians to all forms of suffering," the minister said.
"...either by making them walk long distances before
boarding or using small aircrafts that would not carry them along with their
luggage to their destinations."
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Sirika said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)
had been directed to invoke all relevant laws to protect the interest and
rights of Nigerians and others from being flagrantly abused the airlines.
The minister spoke in Abuja where he met a delegation
from the Emirates Group.
He meanwhile assured that the on-going construction of
the second terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja would
be ready before the end of the year.
He stated that its completion would improve the comfort and convenience of both
airline operators and the flying public.
- CAJ News