EgyptAir Flight Lands in Nigeria Without Passengers’ Luggage'

Passengers on an EgyptAir flight from Egypt to Nigeria had their checked luggage left behind at Cairo International Airport (CAI), causing some to be stranded at the airport and potentially miss their connecting flights. The airline operates flights to three Nigerian destinations, but it does not provide domestic flights within the country. According to a Nigerian media organization called Premium Times, the luggage was not loaded onto flight MS 877, which departed from Cairo. 


Upon the arrival of the EgyptAir Boeing 737-800, registered as SU-GEK, at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV) on December 12, 2023, passengers were informed by airport officials that they would need to return two days later to collect their luggage. Flightradar24 data indicates that EgyptAir will operate flight MS 877 between CAI and ABV on December 14 with an unspecified Boeing 737-800. However, the airline plans to use an Airbus A330 for the same flight the following day and on December 17.


A journalist from the outlet who was at the airport during the incident reported that several passengers were left at the airport without their luggage, even though they had tickets for flights to domestic destinations within Nigeria on other airlines. One passenger told Nigeria's Premium Times, "I'm not living in Abuja, I'm going to join my flight to Port Harcourt."

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According to data from aviation analytics company Cirium, EgyptAir has scheduled 132 flights to and from Nigeria for December 2023, including flights to ABV, Kano Mallam Aminu International Airport (KAN), and Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport (LOS). The majority of these flights (94) are planned to be operated by Boeing 737-800s, while the remaining flights will be operated by either an Airbus A330-200 or A330-300. In total, EgyptAir has allocated 24,312 seats for flights to Nigeria in December 2023, compared to 25,988 seats in January 2024.

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