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Air Nigeria Grounded For 9 Hours  print

Published on June 28, 2011 by   ·   10 Comments

The financial crisis steamrolling Air Nigeria, yesterday, took a turn for the worse when the airline, owned by business mogul, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, ran out of fuel and was grounded for nine hours.

P.M.NEWS learnt that hundreds of aggrieved passengers were stranded at airports nationwide for at least nine hours, as Air Nigeria flights were cancelled severally.

It was gathered that at 5 p.m. yesterday, only two Air Nigeria flights had left the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

On the airline’s busiest route, Abuja, only 6.05 am and 8.15 am flights had left Lagos airport at 5 p.m., leaving many stranded passengers fuming.

The angry passengers fought officials and threatened to damage facilities at the airport. Security officials were called to restore order.

Mobolaji, one of the stranded passengers who was to be airlifted to Abuja from Lagos at 1p.m., told our correspondent at 4.30 p.m. that he paid extra money to join the flight, only to be delayed for another three hours.

“It’s not just the airline business,” he said, “the entire country is stuck and we are getting to a point where we will need to get rid of some of our leaders in this country,” Mobolaji said angrily.

On 25 May, Air Nigeria could not airlift passengers for eight hours as it ran out of fuel as well. Oil marketers refuse to collect cheques from the airline. They insist on cash.

The operational problems facing the airline may jeopardise a codeshare agreement it unveiled last week with Delta Airline, an American carrier.

The arrangement allows Delta Airline passengers to travel with Air Nigeria even on the routes Delta doesn’t operate. It is the same to Air Nigeria passengers.

It is the third agreement that the Nigerian flag carrier will be signing with other global carriers. Others were Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways.

—Simon Ateba

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10 Comments for “Air Nigeria Grounded For 9 Hours”

  1. Naubiko

    There goes Nigerian’s Richard Branson business going down the drain.

  2. TAJUDEEN BUSARI

    And are all the agreements failing? We need another Sanusi here before these planes start falling from the skies and killing innocent people due to negligence, lack of administrative competence, or greed.

  3. CHARLES

    God will not allow the kind of sanusi in our aviation industry. This is just a temporary challenge to our own man, JIMOH, i am very sure u are up to the task, this airline will be the best in the next few months. GOD BLESS NIGERIA, GOD BLESS JIMOH IBRAHIM.

  4. Peculiar treasure

    The govt shld pls take pro_active step to control this situation b4 pple starts dieing.

  5. amos

    Am not surprised, the airline he bought before buying virgin went down the drain, i hope he is not going to ground this also.

  6. lanre Famojuro

    @ naubiko,
    plese dont insult and soil the name of Sir Richard Branson by mentioning comparing him with this crook called Jimoh Ibrahim. Mr Ibrahim has never run a proper business and has only been successful in carrying on with this charade because of crooked government officials and the so called godfathers. Everything run by these so called billionaires eventually goes into administration after the naive and unsuspecting public has lost their life saving

  7. lanre Famojuro

    @ naubiko,
    plese dont insult and soil the name of Sir Richard Branson by mentioning comparing him with this crook called Jimoh Ibrahim. Mr Ibrahim has never run a proper business and has only been successful in carrying on with this charade because of crooked government officials and the so called godfathers. Everything run by these so called billionaires eventually goes into administration after the naive and unsuspecting public have lost their life saving

  8. Jimoh is biting more than what he can shew Hes running a conglomerate of business without good expertise advise and good managerial personnel More-so his political ambition will not help matters as most of his filling station are down; its better for him to invite investors within and outside the country so that his business will thrive Obviously, hes an ambitious young who needs the support of experts He needs to go into contract/MOU with his bank/financiers

  9. OMO EKO

    Here is a man, Jimoh Ibrahim, who says he is richer than Richard Branson and cant afford to fuel his rented planes. The man cant run a beer parlour successfully never mind an airline. Empty barrels make most noise.

  10. D danju

    pls this is not an avenue 2 insult any body. God wil giv jimoh d strength knowledge 2 move ahead

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