Several passengers including a 4-month-old baby were stranded at Gombe Lawanti International Airport, Gombe on Sunday following failure of Arik Airline operators to airlift them as scheduled.
Some of the disappointed passengers told DAILY POST from the airport via telephone that the health and safety of the baby and other children that were of concern to everyone.
They described the attitude of the operators of the airline as non-challant because there was no notification until about 3 pm when Arik announced the cancellation.
Chairman of opposition political parties also known as G23 in Kaduna State, Olaitan Turaki, who was also among the stranded passengers called on President of Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and other stakeholders to look into frequent disappointment by the airline.
“I and my family including our 4-month-old baby are stranded at Gombe Airport by Arik Airline. We don’t know what to do because the airline did not give us prior notice; no SMS, no email.
“We drove from Biu local government area of Borno State to the airport only to be told after we have waited for two hours behind schedule that the flight has been cancelled.
“We want to follow this case with all seriousness and will file a suit against the airline in the court of law.
“I want to call on National Assembly leaders to as matter of urgency, call the airline operator to order or even ask them to close shop if they don’t have enough planes to fly Nigerians instead of endless disappointment and provocation they subject Nigerians to often.
“They have been doing this without anybody checkmating their barbaric activities. The reason behind the cancellation remained unknown to us. How can we be subjected to this high level of injustice in our own country?
“Airline business is not what one can force himself into. You must be capable and have enough planes to operate. We are not happy at all by the act of Arik Airline. It was a very serious disappointment to us. No accommodation, no care whatsoever.”
The flight schedule dated Sunday November 20, 2016 showed that the passengers were scheduled to leave Gombe Lawanti International Airport at 13:20 and arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at 14:25.