While passengers continue to be stranded at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) Lagos, airlines operators are now putting arrangements in place for alternatives.

As at Thursday morning, aviation unions continued their picketing of the terminal, disrupting flights schedules.

It was gathered that the airlines have moved their passenger boarding and processing to the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

The unions had on Wednesday embarked on the protest over the alleged sack of 24 employees who indicated interest to unionise by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the MMA2.

The unions are the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(ATSSSAN) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).

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Despite a subsisting court order issued by Justice I. N Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos restraining them from the action, the unions had continued to shutdown flights and business activities at the MMA2.

Airlines affected by the action included Arik Air, Medview Airline, Azman Air, Max Air, Dana Air and Aero Contractors, who operate flights from the terminal.

Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, Corporate Communications Manager, Dana Air, told NAN that the arrangement to move the airline’s passengers to GAT was reached on Wednesday after they were prevented from entering MMA2.

“We have made an alternative arrangement since yesterday and at the moment, the strike is still ongoing but we are hoping that everything will be resolved as soon as possible.

“First, we are apologising to our guests for any inconveniences caused by this development.

“It is so unfortunate that those who actually have no business with what is happening are the ones suffering in the battle between these two organisations.

“So, we are appealing that they resolve it as soon as possible because passengers come first.

Without the passengers, there is no airline, there is no industry and we need to start considering them before taking any decision,” he said.

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