Nigeria’s busiest airport, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos again witnessed a power outage at the complex over the weekend. The problem caused major disruption of flight services to airlines.
Arik, Air Maroc, Lufthansa, Delta, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air France, Delta, British Airways, South African Airways among others expressed disappointment over the problem that has lingered for more than four years.
Power outage at the Lagos airport is a recurring problem and one that has brought shame to the country. The problem was said to have gone on for two days, that is, Saturday and Sunday.
The power outage was yet to be restored, thereby causing serious problems to carriers with many of them finding it extremely difficult to profile passengers, leading to late departure of virtually all the flights.
Many were seen using flashlights to check in passengers and for security profiling. Many of them, who spoke to ‘New Telegraph’, decried the appalling situation an called on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to quickly look for a solution to the incessant power outage at the airport.
Spokesman for FAAN,Yakubu Dati, said there was a power outage from the public supply and the airport was running on their independent power supply.
“However, when power was restored, the surge adversely affected the transformer that serves the air-bridges and rendered them unserviceable. This adversely affected operations of departing flights. The heavy rainfall further delayed attempts by engineers to effect repairs immediately,” he explained.
It was learnt that as result of the serious power outage, chaos took over as many carriers warned of security consequences over the issue as some of the equipment could not be powered by the generating set provided as backup by FAAN.
Meanwhile, FAAN has apologised to passengers, airlines and the general public for the inconvenience caused by this development, adding that efforts are being made to find a lasting solution to the problem