The Turkish Airlines has promised to upgrade its Nigerian fleet to larger carriers following a sanction by the Nigerian government, aviation authorities said on Saturday.
Sam Adurogboye, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson, said in a statement that the airline’s decision came following a meeting between its executives and the Acting Director-General of the agency, Abdullahi Sidi.
“At the end of the meeting, the airline’s executives pledged to commence immediately freight of all leftover passengers’ baggage back in Turkey,” the statement said.
“According to them, this will be achieved by instantly upgrading the Boeing 737 – 800 being used and found inadequate to a larger Airbus A 330 and Boeing 737 – 900,” he said.
He also said the clearance would be carried out from December 13 to 17 December, adding that it expects strict compliance with the programme.
‘Poor treatment of Nigerians’
The move by the airline came after the government announced it was suspending its operations in Nigeria over perceived poor treatment of passengers.
On Saturday, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said that no foreign airline operator would henceforth be allowed to treat Nigerian travellers with disdain.
Mr Sirika spoke in a statement signed by James Odaudu, the Director of Public Affairs in the ministry.
The minister further warned other airline operators to take a cue from the recent Turkish Airlines’ experience.