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22 May 2019 | 12:36 AM UTC

Nigeria: Aviation unions to start indefinite strike May 22

Nigeria News Alert

Various aviation unions are planning to start an indefinite strike on May 22; significant flight disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria

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A group of aviation unions are planning to launch an indefinite strike on Wednesday, May 22, after claiming that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Federal Ministry of Transportation failed to address their demands. The strike is scheduled to begin at 05:00 (local time) on Wednesday and is expected to impact flight operations nationwide. Flight delays and cancelations are possible at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV) in Abuja and Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos, along with other airports throughout Nigeria. It is unclear if talks have resumed between the unions and the NCAA as of Tuesday, May 21.


The unions issued the strike notice on May 21 after a seven-day ultimatum issued by the groups expired. Union leaders are demanding that the NCAA and the government change the current management structure of the NCAA, which they argue does not allow for career progression.


Travelers flying to, from, or through Nigeria are advised to monitor developments to the situation, confirm flight reservations prior to leaving for the airport, expect increased waiting times at the airport, and to contact their airline for additional information.


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