Hundreds of air passengers who are getting used to the idea of patronizing Max Air have been stranded at various airports across the country.
Ticketing counters controlled by the airline at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja were besieged by worried passengers Thursday morning.
Most had their flights out of Abuja cancelled by MaxAir Wednesday night, with officials citing undisclosed “operational reasons” as the excuse.
Thursday, passengers who had bought tickets from sales outlets were shocked to learn that the morning flight scheduled to depart Abuja for Port Harcourt at 7.15am had been delayed by more than two hours.
The same flight to Port Harcourt was delayed for another two hours and later for another 30 minutes.
As at 12 noon, Port Harcourt bound passengers were still stranded at the Abuja.
Among those who were stranded were former senators and rep members who had arrived the Abuja airport as early 6.30am.
A FAAN announcer eventually made a call to air travelers to Port Harcourt to assemble after lunchtime at the MaxAir check-in counter for what it described as light refreshments.
Senator Lee Maeba, a business class passenger left in disgust and boarded Air Peace in a bid to catch up with the commissioning ceremony of the Cassava Flour Processing Plant that Governor Nyesom Wike engaged in Thursday.
As at the time of this report an aircraft which broke down in Jos Wednesday was being expected after airline engineers were hurriedly despatched on a rescue mission.
Most Port Harcourt passengers were afraid as at press time that the rickety airliner expected from Jos may be the aircraft to convey them to their destination.
Said a highbrow passenger and member of the APC, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke who was at the airport very early in the morning,”This is the height of operational indiscipline on the part of Maxair.
“Airlines such as MaxAir have no business on the Port Harcourt route. Passengers should sanction such operators who are licensed to waste the time of air travelers.”
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