Bad weather forces diversion of flights from Lagos

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Inclement weather yesterday forced Virgin Atlantic Airways and Arik Air to divert their flights to different destinations, just as domestic airlines in the country delayed their early morning flights .

Virgin Atlantic Airways, which  normally arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos from Heathrow London in the morning, diverted its inbound flight to Accra while Arik Air diverted its London-Lagos flight to Port Harcourt due to bad weather.

On the other hand domestic carriers, like Dana Air, Med-View and Aero had their early morning flights delayed for some few hours before the weather improved and safe for flight operations.

Virgin Atlantic,Image maker, Kudirat Scott-Igbene confirmed the diversion of its London flight to Accra, adding that it was due to  foggy weather.

She added that the passengers were later airlifted to Lagos when the weather improved.

Media officer of Arik Air,  Banji Ola also confirmed that the bad weather in Lagos affected its London and Dakar flights.

He explained that with the bad weather, no flight could land or take off in Lagos for over three hours in the morning.

According to him, “It is true we diverted our London and Dakar flights to Port Harcourt today (yesterday). The weather could not allow aircraft to land or take off in Lagos and for safety reasons, we flew to Port Harcourt and when the weather normalized, we flew to Lagos.”

In the same vein, the Group Communication Manager, Dana Air, Tony Usidamen, said that its early morning flight out of Abuja was affected by the poor visibility in the morning.

Usidamen noted that its 7am flight to Lagos was delayed for over two hours because of hazy weather, saying that for safety reasons, it stayed in Abuja for the weather to improve but that flight operations had since resumed without any hitches

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