In the early hours of Monday, international flights at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport were cancelled due to a strike by employees of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc.
According to NAHCO, the industrial action is based on struggle for salary increment.
Alex Nuba, an affected traveler and aviation specialist, claimed that NAHCO employees left the international airport early on Monday, declaring they were on strike and refusing to handle any passengers.
“Even the Qatar flight I’m traveling with this morning landed and has returned to Doha as there’s no one to handle them,” Nwuba said.
He said passengers are frustrated as they have been kept outside to avoid a crisis and no information, announcements or emails was sent to passengers.
NAHCO handles check-in, boarding and ramp services for several international airlines including Air France/KLM, Qatar, Ethiopian Airlines, Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish Air.
Travellers say if the situation is not addressed, more flights would be grounded.