Air France delayed Lagos bound passengers: A large number of passengers flying Air France to Lagos have been stranded at the Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris since 7.00 am on Friday, August 25. Air France leaves Lagos bound passengers for 9hrs at Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris Photo source: Facebook, Mercy Makinde According to a Facebook post shared by Mercy Makinde, the passengers are expected to be at the airport till 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 26, when their flight is likely to depart.
We gathered that the international airline was scheduled to take off 9:00am for their flight to Lagos, left the passengers which included women and children to sleep in the airport lounge. Sadly when the passengers complained, the airline called the attention of the police.
She wrote: “Do Nigerians really deserve to get treated like this by foreign airlines???
It’s not out of place for Airlines to have operational issues and if that happens you lodge your passengers in a comfortable accommodation with adequate compensation. But leaving them at the airport lounge and when they complain you call the police for them is totally out of place ! This is why we should have our own National Carrier! Then we would have an option not to fly these people. And when they know there is competition they will sit up! But where they enjoy a route monopoly… they know you will always come back….they are at liberty to treat you as they please.”
Lagos bound passengers waiting at Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris, some since 7:00am (Aug 25th) others from about 9:00am for their flight, left by Air France to sleep in the Airport Lounge. No sympathy or empathy for the women and children . At least put them in a hotel !!! They will be here till 4:00pm of Aug 26th when they say their flight is likely to depart.
And that is how Air France that was meant to depart Paris for Lagos since about 9:00am today hasn’t taken off till now and passengers (even business class passengers) are left to sleep at the airport lounge, including women and children. A particular lady with her children coming from Toronto arrived since 7:00am to connect to lagos. She has since been stranded at the airport with her children…no food, no hotel accommodation! Air France only provided vouchers for pastries and snacks and the children do not eat those so they have been eating only Bananas.
These passengers bought these tickets with hard earned monies. And it’s not even cheap! Why should these airlines treat our citizens like this??? Even when they know our country is one of their most lucrative routes . What is so difficult in getting hotel accommodation for these passengers, especially the women and children???
Mothers are weeping at Charles de Gaulle airport. It is so heartbreaking. I hope this situation is addressed and all those affected get due compensation . Sad!
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