Dropped Nigerian Service Under Review
According to the
attorneys representing a group of passengers filing a class action
lawsuit, the DOT has commenced an inquiry into World Airways, Inc.
and Ritetime Aviation's operation of flights to and from
The investigation relates to World Airways alleged decision to
completely cease flight operations to Nigeria, abandoning
passengers with round trip tickets and leaving the majority of them
stranded in Lagos, Nigeria for over three weeks.
In a letter to the Department's Counsel for Aviation
Enforcement, Ike O. Echeruo, Esq., an attorney for the plaintiffs
stated, "World Airways and Ritetime appear to have engaged in
repeated violations of DOT regulations, specifically imposed to
protect the traveling public..." and urged the Department to
commence formal enforcement.
"I am pleased that the DOT is investigating. Based on my
correspondence with the Department I am satisfied that the
Department is taking this matter seriously," said Mr. Echeruo. If
the Department concludes that World Airways is in violation of its
regulations it can take a number of measures against the airline,
including the revocation or modification of its operating
"In light of World
Airways unconscionable conduct in abandoning its passengers and
violating the law we hope that at the conclusion of its
investigation the DOT will hold the airline accountable and mete
out the appropriate penalties An airline can't simply abandon
United States citizens in a foreign country, especially an airline
that derives most of its revenue from the United States
government," said John Edozie, Esq., an attorney for the
Echeruo, Counsel, Attorneys at Law, LLP and Madu, Edozie &
Madu, P.C. filed a class action lawsuit against World Airways,
Ritetime Aviation and Peter Obafemi in relation to World Airways
flight operation to and from Nigeria.