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UK-bound Nigerian passengers, others stranded at Istanbul airport

A large number of United Kingdom-bound passengers from Nigeria via Turkish Airlines have been stranded at the Istanbul Airport, Turkey, on Tuesday.

A large number of United Kingdom-bound passengers from Nigeria via Turkish Airlines have been stranded at the Istanbul Airport, Turkey, on Tuesday.

It was gathered that their flight was delayed for over 24 hours due to heavy snowfall at the Istanbul Airport, Turkey.

The passengers, who were angry due to the long delays were forced to embark on a peaceful protest in the airport’s departure hall demanding accommodation and quality customer service delivery from the management of Turkish Airlines.

Most of the passengers actually left Nigeria via the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday around 7:15am just as there were other passengers from other African countries.

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Reacting to the incident, Turkish Airline attributed the delay to severe weather conditions.

According to a statement issued by the airline on Tuesday, which was published on its site, the development at the airport was caused by severe weather conditions.

The statement stated, “Dear passengers, due to severe weather conditions in Istanbul, in accordance with the decisions of the authorities and for the safety of our passengers, our flights departing from Istanbul Airport will be able to operate in limited numbers using a runway that is made ready for flight operations.

Flight cancellations in accordance with the decisions of the authorities to restrict the number of flights are also experienced for flights departing from the Sabiha Gokcen Airport. To check the current flight status of your flights from/to/via Istanbul and Sabiha Gokcen airports and find out about your rights regarding your flights, please visit the flight status page and enter your flight number.”

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