Arik to resume operations Wednesday

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Arik Air will resume normal flights operations on Wednesday, the airline has said, hours after announcing the suspension of its services.

The company’s Public Relations and Communications Manager, Olabanji Ola, told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday night that the airline will notify passengers and customers that flight services will resume at 11 a.m.

“Our normal schedules resume 11 a.m. on Wednesday,” Mr. Ola said. “We’re already sending out messages to this effect.”

The update comes hours after the airline —whose fleet of 28 aircrafts touches 18 airports across the country— announced an indefinite suspension of operations, causing a panic amongst thousands returning to their bases after the Sallah holidays.

The cancellation left thousands of travelers stranded as the Sallah holidays ended.

Arik blamed a delay in perfecting insurance paperworks for the disruptions.

Mr. Ola said the delay in “approval of documentation” was caused by the public holiday which was followed a “long weekend”.

“At the present time, all flights of the airline have been cancelled for Tuesday, 13 September, 2016 and the airline has stated that it would be getting in touch with passengers to provide an update on rescheduling of their flights,” he said earlier. “This situation is likely to continue for the next few days until such time that NAICOM (National Insurance Commission) approves a waiver on a priority basis for the new insurance company to renew the policy.”

Mr. Ola said passengers had been notified of the initial development via text messages.

The statement was silent on compensation, but Mr. Olabanji told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone that the airline was taking care of all concerns arising from the crisis.

“We’re addressing all issues relating to the disruption,” Mr. Olabanji said. “But I am not going to get into specifics about compensation at this point.”

The development came two weeks after two other national carriers, Aero Contractors and FirstNation, suspended operations on August 31 and September 1, respectively.

While Aero blamed a difficult business environment for its decision to close down and send staff on indefinite leave, FirstNation said it wanted engineers to carry out a routine maintenance of its fleet.

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  • wally

    We have a serious problem in this country if this is how Arik an international airline is being managed. A whole international airline leaving its insurance to expired before renewal! Whoever is in charge of that renewal should not be allowed to hold on to his or her job. The insurance company must have been sending them a reminder months ago before Sallah holiday to renew the insurance but for some reasons known to them nothing was done, most likely that they are owing the insurance company money and the company insists on payment before they can be qualified for renewal. Very costly and shameful way of managing business.

    • Ayodele kayode.

      Gbam! ! You killed it. Arik has always been an irresponsible organisation; they can only thrive in this clime. What can we do right in this country anyway? We are a people with very short memory. Deficient in honour, low in morality, indifferent to things that actually threaten our wellbeing but highly ostentatious.

      Only in Nigeria will corporate irresponsibility being displayed by Arik go unpunished! The plight of passengers stranded at our various local and so called international airports are better imagined than experienced.

      Cry, the beloved country.

  • Freedom Bini

    Stealing everywhere.

  • Bimbola

    No refund, no apologies, no brain. Anybody seen still flying Arik should blame himself if anything goes wrong.

    • Dejandon

      Do we have options?

  • favourtalk

    They should go and pay thier debt, simple as ABC.

  • utolason

    Insurance can be renewed at least a month before expiry and no waiver of any sort is necessary or should be granted. Arik reason for suspending flights at this crucial time is a blackmail, political and unacceptable. It is simply an attempt to create panic in the country and give the government a bad name. For Arik Air to subject its passengers to this avoidable trauma is not only callous but an example of the impunity that still persist in Nigeria.

    The real message here is that Arik Air will not be in service for long. So customers beware!!!!!

  • Sonny Martin

    The usual poor management scenario !