• Saturday, September 30, 2023
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Update: Passengers stranded at Lagos airport as BA cancels flights over storm Caira

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Hundreds of Passenger travelling to London on Sunday were stranded at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as British Airways cancelled its Lagos-London flights due to storm Caira in the UK.

Passengers in their numbers were at the airport to catch their flights only to be informed that the airline had cancelled its flight as a result of the storms.

A spouse of an affected passenger who identified himself as Bayo said his wife was at the Lagos airport to catch a flight only to be informed that the airline had cancelled its flight without sending any message to his wife.

“They said they had sent an email to us but we didn’t see any email from the airline. While weather issues cannot be controlled, it is only necessary for the airline to have informed us earlier,” Bayo said.

He further disclosed the airline was not certain when next it would resume flight operations.

Kola Olayinka, spokesperson for BA who confirmed the development said the Lagos-London flight was which was scheduled to depart on Sunday was cancelled as a result of the storm Caira.

He said the flight for Monday wasn’t confirmed but that it would depend on the condition of the weather tomorrow.

Heavy rain and gusts of wind reaching more than 90mph have brought widespread flooding and travel disruption as Storm Ciara hits the UK.

Trees were toppled, buildings were damaged and some homes had to be evacuated as rivers burst their banks.

Thousands of people are without electricity and sporting events have been cancelled due to the weather.

Airlines have also cancelled hundreds of flights, while several rail firms have urged passengers not to travel.

Ferry passengers also face delays and cancellations, and drivers have been warned to take extra care.

Large parts of the UK are covered by an amber warning for very strong winds, with the Met Office advising that large waves in coastal areas and flying debris could cause injuries.