The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) has embarked on a strike over salary increment, grounding international flights at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) on Monday.
It was gathered some of the airlines being handled by NAHCO, including Delta, Turkish Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar and Air France-KLM are finding it difficult to take off because no staff was in sight to deploy ground support equipment for their services as luggage litter the terminal, creating a huge confusion.
An Air Peace, in a notice to passengers on Monday morning, said: ‘Due to NAHCO strike, flight schedule has changed. Hence your 6:25 am flight P47420 Lagos to Kaduna for today 23 January will now depart at 10 am.”
An anonymous source told The Nation: ” A friend of mine and his wife were scheduled to travel back to the USA separately on Air Maroc and Virgin Atlantic this morning. Air Maroc, they were told, diverted to Cotonou while Virgin could not be loaded.”
The notice of strike issued by the aviation union to NAHCO on January 18 indicated that the workers have been engaging the company over the review of salaries since June 2022 ‘without any headway’.
The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) stated that the ultimatum it gave NAHCO management expired unheeded, leading to industrial action.
The development grounded both arrival and departure flight schedules, leaving travellers frustrated as no prior communication was sent to passengers on the strike.