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Picketing: Turkish Airlines to Resume flight Saturday Amid Security Assurances, Commends Swift Resolution

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Turkish Airlines is set to fully resume its flight operations in and out of Nigeria, following assurances from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) regarding enhanced security measures to prevent future disruptions.

In a recent statement, Turkish Airlines praised the aviation authorities for swiftly resolving a dispute that had caused a four-day suspension of flights. 

The airline highlighted that actions at their counter at Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport had jeopardized flight safety, necessitating the cancellation of scheduled flights since Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

After thorough evaluations and meetings, the NCAA and FAAN issued a joint statement confirming the implementation of additional security measures. 

According to the airline, FAAN’s General Manager also provided a written assurance of unprecedented actions to ensure the safety of Turkish Airlines operations.

Expressing gratitude for these assurances, Turkish Airlines emphasized its commitment to adhering to the laws and regulations of the countries it operates in, along with international business ethics principles. 

The airline, which flies to more countries than any other globally, will resume its flights to Nigeria starting Saturday, May 25, 2024, continuing a service it has maintained since 2006.

“As long as the NCAA and FAAN authorities take the necessary precautions and maintain the safety of flights, crew, Turkish Airlines Lagos personnel, and passengers at the airport, we will continue to operate with the same sensitivity,” the airline stated.

The NCAA and FAAN, in a joint statement signed by spokespersons Mr. Micheal Achimugu and Mrs. Obiageli Orah, reiterated Nigeria’s zero-tolerance policy towards disruptive behavior at its airports. 

They announced the deployment of additional security layers to prevent further disruptions and emphasized the need for lawful resolution of conflicts.

“The NCAA strongly advises individuals and groups to refrain from disrupting airport operations due to its severe safety and economic implications. We empathize with stranded passengers, especially children and the elderly, and are doing everything possible to ensure their travel without further delay,” the statement read.

Turkish Airlines’ resumption of services underscores the airline’s prioritization of passenger and crew safety, while the enhanced measures by Nigerian authorities aim to ensure seamless and secure travel experiences.

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