Monday, April 21, 2014

Arik Air to resume flight

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Aviation officials and Arik Air apologise to passengers as airline agrees to resume operations.

The impasse involving Arik Air, a private airline, and Nigerian aviation officials has been resolved.

The airline, which suspended its domestic operations on Thursday, is to resume its flight operations following a two-hour meeting with government representatives.

This was contained in a resolution signed by the Secretary to the

Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, and issued after a meeting involving Arik, aviation authorities, and lawmakers in the aviation committee.

The meeting was presided over by Mr. Anyim.

The statement after the meeting read that all parties agreed to a “road map” that would ensure a smooth working relationship for the future.

The statement, issued on Saturday, read further that, “we use this opportunity to appeal to both parties to eschew every provocation that may have arisen as a result of this unfortunate misunderstanding. Accordingly, all the exchange of accusations and allegations are vitiated and so of no consequence.”

The parties also apologised to the many local and international travellers who had been stranded at various airports as a result of the crisis.

Arik had accused the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, of making personal demands and frustrating its activities; an allegation the minister denied, threatening to sue the airline to court.

The airline suspended its operations on Thursday after its activities were disrupted by aviation workers union who alleged that Arik was owing aviation authorities over N17 billion.

The resolution agreed after Saturday’s meeting was silent on the actual amount Arik owed and how it would make the payment.

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