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JUST IN: Aviation workers shut down Kano airport

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Aviation workers have shut down Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano over a dispute between Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

Flights scheduled to leave Kano on Monday morning were disrupted as the Air Traffic Controllers suspended their operations which affected landing and taking-off of flights.

An airport official said AZMAN and Max Air flights scheduled for Abuja and Lagos were not allowed to leave, and that passengers after boarding the flights were later told to disembark as the Air Traffic Controllers shut down their operations.

It was gathered that the dispute between the two bodies of the airport started after the Nigerian Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) shut down air navigation services for flights in and out of the Airport, over power supply to NAMA facilities and staff accommodations that were disconnected.

It was gathered that on Friday that FAAN disconnected power supply to all NAMA staff accommodations due to non-payment of electricity bills.

Sources said that very important personalities stranded at the airport, including some federal lawmakers, deputy governors and others, were already intervening to sort out the differences so as to restore flights operation.


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