MMIA ecounter the downside of Power outage

THE Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos has been thrown into darkness since Tuesday, due to power outage at the gateway.
Indeed, airlines operating in the terminal resorted to manual check-in of passengers as all the systems packed up due to the outage.
Passengers were stranded and frustrated as they had harrowing period checking in their luggage, just as the carriers equally had a tough time with check-in.
Many airlines have over five hours delay; while there were fears that some airlines may cancel their flights as they had harrowing experience profiling their passengers.
Sources learnt that the burning of power cable at the airport caused the power outage.
The cable, which supplies electricity to the airport, got burnt due to overloading of the facility.
As at yesterday, all the facilities at the airport were still not working, including the chillers.
Also, profilers’ resorted to the use of flashlights to profile departing passengers, while workers on the fifth floor also used some other means for illumination, to access their respective offices.
Besides, the power outage affected the two foreign carriers, which landed simultaneously at the airport-Air France and Lufthansa Airlines.
Passengers scheduled for flights on the airlines resorted to hand-fan with newspapers while some pulled off their clothes to reduce the heat impact on them.
The outage led to the delay of checked-in luggage from the baggage reclaim area as arriving passengers spent over three hours before they could retrieve their luggage, from the carousels.
But spokesman for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati, explained that power supply has been restored at the airport.
Dati stated that power was restored after a brief outage that affected some sections of the terminal today (yesterday).
According to him, “the power outage, which mostly affected the ‘E’ Wing of the terminal, was caused by an underground armoured cable fault, leading to billowing of smoke in the affected area. The outage did not affect operations at the terminal, but some services were temporarily shut down to enable our engineers’ effect repairs to the damaged cables.
“FAAN regrets any inconvenience the brief power outage caused airline passengers and operators at the terminal. The authority wishes to assure the public that such power outage will soon become a thing of the past when the power improvement project at the airport, involving the installation of six ultra modern generators, is commissioned. The new generators are being test run and will soon be commissioned”.
However, as at the time of filing this report, the situation was yet to change as the entire terminal was enveloped in darkness.