FAAN distances self from Arik suspension

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The aviation authority released an ambiguous statement absolving self from the Arik problems.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, in an ambiguous statement Thursday afternoon, dissociated itself from the crisis being faced by Arik Air.

The airport authority said it was unaware of plans by members of the aviation industrial unions to disrupt Arik Airline’s flights.

It however claimed that the disruption by the aviation unions is a continuation of the current effort by the management of FAAN to recover debt owed the agency by Arik.

The airport authority claimed it is doing everything to make sure the issues are resolved without recourse to violence. It refused to state clearly whether it ordered the suspension of Arik or it did not.

As at 3.15 p.m. Arik was yet to begin a press conference it scheduled for 1.00 p.m.

The airline had suspended its operations based on what it described as “persistent hostility of the Ministry of Aviation and Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) management.”

The airline’s operations across the country are still suspended, and passengers are stranded.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Nothing should stop the free movement of our people. The Minister needs to know thats the priority.

    • kaka

      Agreed but must businesses be run without fulfilling contractual obligations? I think not. Arik should pay what it owes, no one’s asking for more than that after all passengers do not fly on credit. Even their staff do not enjoy any benefits.

  • NAGODI

    THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT. KILL THE LAST VIABLE AIRLINE THAT WE HAVE AND LET US SEE IF YOUR MINISTRY WILL REMAIN.

    • kaka

      Viable at whose expense?

  • Ibrahim

    I hope its not our crude way of getting our interests attended to. You do not have to kill the existing airlines to make case for a NATIONAL CARRIER. Just do the national carrier and let it compete. Also why sign contract for billions of naira to build airports and no planes to patronize the airports. Terrible planning. Safety equipment.s should be the focus now. All you papers are hypocritics. Because of new 5,000 naira currency the roof almost came down, but this lady has been wasting public funds and nobody from the Press care. We are watching