Abuja - Hundreds of passengers were
stranded at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Thursday following
cancellation of flights to northern parts of the country due to hazy weather.
An official of the airport who pleaded anonymity told the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN), that the cancellations only affected the north-bound passengers
because of the hazy weather over the region.
The official said the cancellations were safety measures often taken by the
authority and the airline operators to avoid ugly air incidents.
Mr Abdullahi Saroke, Deputy Station Manager, Azman Air Services, also told NAN
that all flights to the region, except Maiduguri, were affected, adding that
Maiduguri’s weather was not hazy.
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Saroke explained that the hazy weather started on Tuesday but got worse between
Wednesday and Thursday, especially over Kano, Sokoto and Yola.
“It is a natural occurrence that is beyond human control, which is why the
affected passengers must bear with the airlines.
"We are still expecting that the visibility would get better later in the
evening but for now, no flight to Kano, Sokoto and Yola except Maiduguri’’, he
Some of the passengers, who spoke with NAN, said the cancellation was necessary
for safety irrespective of the hardships caused by the situation.
One of the passengers, Mrs Josephine Manu, said she was billed to travel to
Kano for an official assignment but the suspension or cancellation of the
flights to the state had adversely affected her schedule.
Manu said passengers were informed that flights to the northern parts of the
country could only be possible if the hazy weather over the region got better
later in the day.