Turkish Airline Pledges to Commence Freight of Passengers Baggage to Nigeria


Turkish Airline has promised to begin the freight of all leftover passengers’ luggage in Turkey to Nigeria following the suspension of its operations in Nigeria.

This was disclosed in a statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Sam Adurogboye, on Sunday in Lagos.

He explained that the management of the airline had met with the NCAA management in Abuja on Friday to resolve the leftover baggage issue.

Adurogboye added that the airline said the freight of the baggage will be “achieved by instantly upgrading the Boeing 737 – 800 being used and found inadequate to a larger Airbus A330 and Boeing 737 – 900.”

He stressed that the programme of clearance will be carried out from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17 stating that NCAA expected strict compliance to the remedial programme.

He warned all airline operators to ensure Nigerians were not taken for granted by providing safe, secure and efficient service at all times.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NCAA in a letter dated December 11, with reference no. NCAA/DG/12/16/60 signed by the Acting Director General, NCAA, Capt. Sidi Abdullahi has suspended Turkish Airlines operations in Nigeria.

Abdullahi said the suspension was with effect from Dec. 16.

NCAA said the suspension would remain until the airline was ready to operate into the country with the right aircraft size and bring passengers into the country together with their checked-in baggage.