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Saturday 30 December 2017

Is this the worst airline performance of the year?

There have been several major airline fails during 2017 - but it is hard to think of one worse than that of Med-View, a Nigerian airline that has left hundreds of passengers stranded in both Lagos and at London Gatwick. 

Passengers were not only left stranded due to "ongoing technical problems" - but have been told the airline is unlikely to resume its service before the new year. 
Hundreds of passengers were stranded in London on December 22 when a Med-View flight was forced to return to Gatwick due to a technical fault.
Hundreds more waiting for the return flight to London on December 24 were stranded in the Nigerian city of Lagos.

Gatwick Airport has since told passengers that Med-View is unlikely to resume flights from London "for the foreseeable future", Travel Mole reports.

Med-View organised two relief flights from Gatwick to Lagos on December 27 but its UK manager Michael Ajigbotosho claimed that a third relief flight was unable to operate due to the unruly behaviour of some passengers, which meant security forces had to intervene.

A Gatwick Airport spokesman said no passenger behaviour prevented Med-View flights from operating from the London airport, but passengers in Lagos are reported to have caused disruption at check-in desks at Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

News reports claimed some passengers marched to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Consumer Protection Directorate yesterday morning to complain about the failure of the airline to airlift them to their destinations as scheduled.

Med-View was previously blacklisted by the European Union. 
Gatwick officials suggested passengers leave the airport and make alternative travel plans or attempt to rebook flights with Med-View. It said only about 10 passengers remained at Gatwick. 
Hilariously, Med-View promotes itself as "Nigeria's most reliable scheduled passenger airline."

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