There was pandemonium on Friday night when passengers of Azman Air unleashed anger on officials of the Kano based airline over flight cancellation at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.
It was learnt that fight broke out at the departure lodge of the domestic wing when the airline announced cancellation of two flight scheduled to depart for Lagos and Abuja, which was earlier rescheduled from 7:30am to 8:30pm.
The angry passengers who were frustrated protested against the development which eventually turned violent, resulting to a face off with the officials of the airline.
During the fight, a female staff of the airline collapsed after being hit by one of the passengers, but was later resucitated sooner after she received first aid treatment.
It took the timely intervention of the airport security to calm the situation which has already left bloody mouths and swollen faces on both sides.
It was gathered that the reason behind the fight was because the passengers were worried the Saturday rescheduled may not be realistic due to restriction of movement imposed by Kano state government due to local government election.
“It was really unfortunate that Azman will treat passengers with disdain, Our flight was shifted from Thursday to Friday morning and later to Friday evening and now they just cancelled the flight and rescheduled for tomorrow. This is absolute nonsense and it will not be accepted,” the passenger said.
Efforts to speak with officers of Azman air was not successful as the airport manager, Rabiu Zarina, was not reachable to respond.
But a reliable source who wanted his name not mentioned because he was not authorized to speak attributed the cancellation to technical fault.
“The situation is beyond our control. The flight that was scheduled to flight from Abuja to Kano, Kano to Abuja and then to Lagos developed technical fault. The management are already aware and they are working on resolving the matter,” the Azman Air official said.
KanyiDaily has also reported how an unidentified man climbed aircraft wing while it was about to take off at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.