Aero Con­trac­tors gets 30 days to com­pen­sate pas­sen­gers

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Kay­ode Ekun­dayo, La­gos

The Federal Govern­ment, through the of­fice of the Con­sumers Pro­tec­tion Agency (CPC), yes­ter­day gave the man­age­ment of Aero Con­trac­tors a 30-day ul­ti­ma­tum within which to pay 39 pas­sen­gers, whose flight were can­celled with­out no­tice on Novem­ber 8, 2013, the sum of N1.579 mil­lion.

The air­line was also or­dered to pay the pas­sen­gers 25 per cent of their tick­ets value.

The pas­sen­gers were booked on flight AJ 132, be­long­ing to Aero Con­trac­tors, sched­uled to leave Nnamdi Azikwe In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Abuja, to La­gos at 6pm on the said date but were left to spend the night at the air­port.

Speak­ing in La­gos, yes­ter­day, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of CPC, Mrs Dupe Atoki, said the af­fected 39 out of 135 pas­sen­gers are to be paid N1.579 mil­lion, be­ing the cost of re­liefs that should have been pro­vided dur­ing the pe­riod of de­lay, in line with the Pas­sen­ger Bill Right (PBR).

Atoki said if the air­line failed to pay the com­pen­sa­tion within the stip­u­lated pe­riod, its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor would be pros­e­cuted, adding that the di­rec­tive to the air­line took ef­fect from Fri­day, last week.

The break­down of the com­pen­sa­tion re­vealed N5, 000 for snacks and drinks due to the pas­sen­gers af­ter one hour, meals and drinks due af­ter two hours of de­lay, N25, 000 for one night of ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion, N1, 000 for two free tele­phone calls, SMS or email due to them as well as 25 per cent of pas­sen­gers’ ticket value for the can­cel­la­tion of the flight with­out no­tice.

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