Repeated power blackouts have disrupted flight operations at the Murtala Muhammad Airport in Lagos state on Saturday and Sunday, The News agency of Nigeria reports.
On Monday morning, power had not been restored and the issue has affected international operations of airlines flying in and out of the airport.
“There was a power outage from the PHCN and the airport has continued to rely on our independent power supply,” the General Manager, Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati, said on Sunday.
“However, when power was restored, the surge adversely affected the K16 transformer that serves the Air-bridges and rendered them unserviceable.
“This has adversely affected operations of departing flights. The heavy rainfall has further delayed attempts by our electrical engineers to effect repairs immediately,” he said.
According to Sahara Reporters, passengers were forced to board the plane with the aid of torchlights, while staff of other departing carriers like Delta Air Lines, British Airways and Lufthansa either used light from their phones or torches to profile and board passengers without proper assessment.
Some of the airlines have started bringing in generating sets to power their operations, reports say.