NLC protest disrupts aviation activities at Lagos Airport

Unions in the aviation industry Wednesday joined factional wing of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), acting under the aegis of Joint Action Front to disrupt vehicular and passenger activities around the Lagos Airport as part of protest against the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

The unions are the National Union of Airport Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Association of Senior Services Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN).

This is just as they threatened to shut down the Lagos Airport on Thursday, should government fail to reverse the increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol.

The factional wing of NLC, led other protesters to block major roads leading into the Lagos Airport occasioning traffic gridlock on the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja.

They took possession of the road in the early hours thus depriving limousine cab operators from taking passengers and airport workers to the airport.

Besides the protest, some domestic carriers including DANA Air, Arik, Aero, First Nation Airways, Med-View operated skeletal services.

Most of them had to cancel or re-schedule flights because of limited passengers.

Most of the aviation agencies including the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), opened their offices for normal activities.

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