Passengers Stranded as Angry Workers Shut Down Lagos Airport

Hundreds of passengers were on Wednesday stranded as protesting aviation unions shut down operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2.

The unions reportedly embarked on the protest following the purported sacking of 20 employees by its operator – Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited –

The protesting unions are the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).

As early as 6am, the union members, who defied a morning downpour, barricaded the entrance to the MMA2 despite a court order restraining them from embarking on the protest.

Chanting solidarity songs, the unionists accused BASL management of violating extant labour laws by not recognising the unions and preventing staff from joining unions in the sector.

They prevented passengers going to catch their early morning flights, and also airline officials and people with businesses inside the terminal from gaining access to the premises.

The protest also caused heavy vehicular traffic around the airport environment, which spiralled to some parts of Ikeja and the Agege Motor Road.

Airlines affected by the action include Arik Air, Medview Airline, Azman Air, Max Air, Dana Air and Aero Contractors, which operate flights from the terminal.

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