The federal government on Monday, January 18, warned international airlines to stop treating Nigerian passengers shabbily.
Senator Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, issued the warning in Abuja when a delegation from the Emirates group paid him a courtesy visit, Punch reports.
Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation- a trained pilot
According to a statement issued by the deputy director, press and public affairs in the ministry, Sirika was quoted to have said that the government would not condone the practice of subjecting Nigerians to all forms of suffering like making them to walk across long distances before boarding or using small aircraft that lack the capacity to carry the travellers along with their luggage to their destinations.
Recently, Turkish airlines reportedly brought in passengers from Istanbul to Abuja on two occasions without their luggage.
A serious security breach occurred as some of the angry passengers on one of the flights invaded the tarmac of the NAIA in protest against the airline.
The statement also stated that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had been directed to invoke all relevant laws to protect the interest and rights of Nigerians and others from being flagrantly abused by airlines.
The aviation minister however, announced that the international terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport would be completed before the end of this year.
He also assured that the ongoing construction of the second terminal at the NAIA would be ready before the end of the year.
David Broz, the vice president, aeropolitical and industry affairs, Emirate group described the country as the airline’s second biggest market in Africa.