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Flight cancellation: Stranded passenger vows to sue Dana Air, demand N50m for losses suffered

Olusesan Laoye

A stranded passenger, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi, has vowed to sue Dana Air for N50m in damages over its failure to keep to flight schedule which got him and other passengers stranded on Friday night April 27.

The airline’s failure to carry out a scheduled flight from Abuja to Lagos on Friday had caused led to passengers being stranded at the airport, with many who could not travel having to lodge in hotels around the airport.

Some of the affected passengers said that the complaints lodged were not attended to which got them infuriated.

Ajadi, one of the affected passengers who said the non availability of his schedule flight, caused him to miss an important business transactions in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital, noted that he may be heading for court to sue the Airline for N50 million for breach of contract and other damages caused by not meeting the scheduled flight.

Ajadi who was the gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) for Ogun State in the last election, had expected to be airlifted by Dana flight 356, via its aircraft 9J but the aircraft failed to arrive.

He said what got them so angry was the fact that there was neither genuine concern nor explanation by the airline’s management despite the complaints by the stranded passengers, many of whom had earlier reassured waiting clients and family members back in Lagos and Abeokuta.

Ajadi argued that Dana Air has breached its obligation under the civil aviation Act of 2006, Warsaw convention of 1929 and Montreal convention of 1999 which are all domesticated and applicable in Nigeria.

“This act of negligence and breach of contract has made me unable to meet an important business meeting scheduled for Abeokuta” a livid Ajadi said.

He told Business Hallmark that in addition to the business meeting which he missed, hi his workers who were waiting for briefing towards next day’s production, and his entire household in Abeokuta were all nervous throughout the night fearing that the worst may have happened.

Recalling a similar incidents recently, he called on the relevant authorities like the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to wade in and ensure the airlines live up to their contractual obligations.

“The bad maltreatment of Nigerians and other air passengers by these airlines should stop, and I am taking up the matter to serve as deterrent”, Ajadi said

“We bought tickets well ahead of takeoff time and there was no information from Dana that there was no aircraft to airlift us.

“Some of us kept reassuring waiting clients and associates in Lagos and Abeokuta that we would soon join them not knowing that Dana’s plea of extension by 50 minutes was a deceit.

“That was how we kept hoping until 12:00am, that they now informed us that there was no plane to convey us again.

“I have put my trust on Dana Air to fly to Lagos from Abuja to catch up a business appointment but they disappointed us.

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“The Dana Air management not only failed to board us; we were left unattended to for hours, making us lose valuable meetings and keeping us out in the dark, stranded, no food, worse, causing someone to loss millions in contract. This is not acceptable.

“With this, it has breached its duties under the civil aviation Act of 2006, Warsaw convention of 1929 and Montreal convention of 1999 which are all domesticated and applicable in Nigeria,

“I am demanding fifty million naira (N50,000,000. 00) damages for making me miss the scheduled business meeting in Abeokuta.

‘The cost of ticket may not be much but in this case, but the breach of contract is unquantifiable”, Ajadi said.

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  1. Federaltax

    May 1, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Being stranded due to a flight cancellation can be a frustrating and stressful experience for passengers, and it’s understandable that they may seek compensation for any losses incurred. However, suing an airline for a significant amount like N50m may not always be the best solution, as legal action can be time-consuming and costly. It’s always best to try to work with the airline directly to resolve the issue and seek compensation or refunds through their customer service channels. I hope that the stranded passenger can find a resolution that works for them and that Dana Air can take steps to prevent future flight cancellations.

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