IKEJA -Travellers affected by Tuesday’s relocation of Virgin Nigeria Airline from the international to the local wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja have described their experience as “awful.”
Virgin Nigeria relocated its domestic flight operations from the international to the domestic wing of the airport on the directive of the Federal Government.
Some of the travellers, who spoke with newsmen on Tuesday, said that they were unaware of the plan and were almost stranded.
Reports say that the passengers were refunded the money they paid for their ticket by Virgin Nigeria after the airline informed them of its inability to transport them from the international to the local wing.
A business, Mr. Bolaji Agarawu, described the situation as “unhealthy”.
“I have just come into Nigeria and what I met on ground is unhealthy,” he said.
He said he would board one of the buses provided by Virgin Nigeria to the domestic wing and look for an alternative flight to his destination.
A traveller, who declined to give her name, said it was unfortunate that the airline had to give out its customers to other airlines.
She urged the Federal Government to look into the concern expressed by Virgin Nigeria on the relocation.
“This is bad for the airline, it had to carry us to competitors in its buses,” she said.
Another female traveller, who also pleaded anonymity, said that Virgin Nigeria’s ejection from the international wing indicated that no one could be more powerful than the government.
She said she was supposed to travel at 12.15p.m. on Tuesday but might postpone her travel till Aug.13.
The arrival gates A2 and A3, through which Virgin Nigeria in-bound passengers come in, were locked when newsmen visited the airport on Tuesday morning.