The management of Turkish Airlines on weekend met with the Acting Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Capt. Abdullahi Sidi, where the executives pledged to commence immediate freight of all leftover passengers’ baggage in Turkey to Nigeria before December 17th, 2019.
This action is as a result of the CAA’s threat to suspend Turkish Airlines operations into Nigeria, last week.
According to the airline’s management, the freighting of passengers’ 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.
The programme of clearance will be carried out from 13th to 17th December, 2019.
It will be recalled that, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) with a letter dated 11th December, 2019, with reference no. NCAA/DG/12/16/60 suspended Turkish Airlines operations into Nigeria with effect from the 16th December 2019, if the right size of aircraft is not deployed to the service of Nigerians at all airports in the country.
The Regulatory Authority stated that it expects strict compliance to this remedial programme and warns all operators to ensure Nigerians are not taken for granted by providing safe, secure and efficient service at all times.