The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given the Arik Airline within which to ferry the backlog of all short landed baggage of its agitating passengers from Heathrow airport in London to Lagos. The baggage had been abandoned at the Heathrow Airport by the Airline since December 2nd, even as the passengers embarked on protest.
A statement by NCAA spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, also directed that all passengers with short landed baggage be offered care and compensation in line with part 19. 17. 2.1 (b) of the Regulation, and also in line with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs) 2015, part 19.
The statement insisted that the Airline should forward to the NCCAA within 96 hours from the receipt of the letter from the authority, a compliance report including, but not limited, to the list of affected passengers, details of passengers handling.
The statement enjoined passengers to exercise restraint while dealing with such challenging issues in the airports. Flight delays are normal occurrences in aviation and rather than resort to violence, passengers are assured of the readiness of NCAA to continue to protect the rights and privileges of all stakeholders within the ambit of the law so as to ensure safety and security of the aviation industry. [myad]