After three days of canceling its flight out of London Gatwick Airport, a Med-View Airline jet finally arrived in Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday morning with some of its abandoned passengers.
The airline, for the third day running, has also pushed back its departure time for its flight from Murtala Muhammed International Airport to London Gatwick Airport.
Med-View’s flight, which was estimated to arrive at 05:10 hours, finally arrived at the Lagos airport at 09:15.
A source close to the airline confided in our correspondent that only a few of the affected passengers returned to the country early this morning, while others who were originally scheduled to depart London last Wednesday are still stranded.
Med-View has yet to explain why its London passengers were abandoned, but our correspondent gathered that the airline used a wet-leased aircraft to transport some abandoned passengers on Tuesday.
One of the affected passengers, who identified himself simply as Olawale, spoke to our correspondent about his experience with the troubled airline.
“Most of us who were scheduled to return to Nigeria since last Wednesday are still in London. We don’t know why we were not given priority by the carrier. As it stands, no one is talking to us about our movement. This is very bad and unexpected from an airline that has barely spent 18 months on the route.
“Last December, some of us who were supposed to travel with Med-View, expressed the same fate and unfortunately now, I am caught in the web. If I return to that flight, it shows that I am a fool. This is going to be my last with Med-View,” Olawale said.
Meanwhile, the flight out of Lagos, which was scheduled to depart Nigeria at 13:30 hours on Tuesday, has once again been shifted forward to 21:00 hours while the check-in will commence at 16:00 hours, according to a source close to the airline.
The source told our correspondent who was at the international wing of the airport that all the affected passengers have been notified of the shift in time of departure.
The source attributed “logistics” to the delay in taking off as scheduled, but promised that all backlogs would be cleared by this Friday.