Flights operations were this morning disrupted by members of the Nigerian Labour Congress at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja in Lagos to enforce the ongoing national strike declared by the congress and its affiliate bodies.
The aviation unions had earlier said that it would not shutdown the airspace as a result of the national delegates’ conference of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) going on in Asaba, Delta state.
NUATE, the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN), the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) and Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) in a joint statement had said the general strike will commence effectively in the aviation sector on Tuesday October 2nd.
The statement was jointly signed by their National Presidents and Secretaries.
The unions said they are “fully in support of the ongoing general strike declared by NLC, TUC and ULC”.
However, the NLC members stormed the General Aviation Terminal of MMIA this morning where Arik Air, Air Peace and Overland operate to disrupt their flights.
Naija News learnt that Air Peace, Arik and Med-View counters were also shut down, despite fights and tantrums against the union.
NLC members were said to have stayed at the airport for four hours even as some supporters reported supported their actions.
A source however disclosed that the operations at the MMA 2 private terminal operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Service Limited (BASL) went on smoothly as the unions did not close the terminal.