Hundreds of people are stranded at London’s Gatwick airport, because for Christmas
As many as 800 passengers were stranded at London’s Gatwick Airport for five days because of their airline’s “technical problems.”
Nigerian airline, Med-View, canceled her Dec. 22 flight from Gatwick to Lagos and may not be able to again for a few passengers to the new year.
Police were called to the terminal of the airport on Thursday, after frustrated passengers broke out into chaos upon learning they might not be able to fly home until 2018.
Med-View said that the organized two relief flights from london Gatwick to Lagos, but a third flight could not operate because of “passenger behavior” at the airport.
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“Disappointing, due to the unruly behaviour of some Nigerian passengers, the Border Force had to intervene to support the activities for crowd control purposes,” the airline said in a statement.
According to the airline, the three flights would have allowed 700 passengers to fly to Lagos and “normalized the situation.”
The Dec. 22 flight left the port with 300 passengers on board, but turned back “as a preventive measure of the Pilot-in-Command in line with the Aviation Standard and Recommended Practices,” says the airline. The aircraft was grounded until a maintenance team can be of a research, which was delayed by the christmas holidays.
. @MedViewAirline you are actual criminals. pic.twitter.com/VMHgsgNPWH
— Jadesola (@JadeJadeA) December 28, 2017
While waiting for the control on the Boeing 777 (one of Med-View three aircraft), the airline cancelled flights. Med-View the other two aircraft, a 737 and a 767, are still in service.
“Due to a lack of available aircraft, a significant number of Med-view the passengers have not flown as expected and is currently still at the airport,” Gatwick Airport said in a statement. “Gatwick would like to offer my apologies to the airline account. Airport staff are also at those passengers where possible and will continue to work with the airline and other agencies to ensure that Medview is its promises to their passengers.”
An additional 700 passengers stranded in Lagos waiting for the flight back to London.