Power surge at airport caused flight delays, cancellations


Air Peace has attributed the delay and cancellation of some of its flights on Monday and Tuesday to a power surge at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) Lagos, which cut electricity supply to its offices at the facility.

A minor power surge, it was learnt, also disrupted flight operations in the early hours of Wednesday at the international wing of the airport. The power surge was attributed to a spoilt transmission cable at the airport.

Flight operations were being carried out yesterday at the airport when our correspondent visited as the minor electrical glitch had been rectified.

A statement issued by the Corporate Communications Manager of the airline, Mr. Chris Iwarah, said the surge cut power supply to the airline’s server room and other facilities critical to its flight operations at the domestic wing where it operates from.

The airline said it had to resort to alternative arrangements to save its operations from entirely grinding to a halt pending the intervention of the managers of the facility, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The statement explained that despite the measures taken by the airline to salvage the situation, the incident caused a lot of delays and outright cancellation of some of its flights.

Air Peace appealed for the understanding of air travellers, assuring that it had taken steps to normalise its operations.

The statement said: “Despite our best efforts to ensure smooth flight operations in the run-up to the yuletide, a power surge occurred at our base at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Monday.

“The unfortunate incident, which stretched into Tuesday, cut power supply to our server room and other critical facilities for our operations.”


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