17th September, 2010
It was a mild drama yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Ikeja, Lagos,Â Nigeria when athletes from the South East zone of the country protested the cancellation ofÂ their flightÂ by Aero Contractors.
The athletes were on their way to Owerri after taking part in the just concluded SpecialÂ Olympic Championship held in Lagos. The athletes and their coaches, who were stranded at theÂ airport for hours, had arrived at about 12 noon yesterday for anÂ Aero Contractors flight toÂ Owerri. It was scheduled to take off by 2.30 p.m. but few minutes to their departure time,Â the flight was cancelled by the airline, though the officials did not explain what wentÂ wrong.
The announcement by the airline officials that the athletes will be flown to Port HarcourtÂ airport rather than Owerri, however, sparked a protest.
â€œWe cannot go to Port Harcourt. We are not sure that when we get to Port Harcourt they willÂ take us to Owerri. That is why we are angry,â€ one of the athletes told P.M.Sports.
Aero Contractors airline later sent a bus to convey the athletes out of the airportÂ purportedly to a smaller plane.