Arik Air shut, passengers stranded

Nigeria’s largest local carrier, Arik Air, Thursday morning announced it is suspending all its domestic operations indefinitely following “persistent hostility of the Ministry of Aviation and Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) management.”

However, the airline’s claim of suspending operations voluntarily contradicted earlier unofficial reports that it was shut by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, over an N18 billion debt the airline owes the aviation authority.

Following the development, thousands of passengers across Nigeria are stranded across the country, especially in Nigeria’s airports Lagos, Abuja, and Port-Harcourt.

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  • Adili Kolado

    Oh My God! Why is it so difficult to do business in Nigeria? Does it mean only crooks that can survive in this context?

    • Chucks

      Is it true the minister is the one over-heating the aviation sector?

  • NAGODI

    WE ALL KNOW THE TRUTH, ITS IN THE MIDDLE OF ARIK AND THE AVIATION MINISTRY CLAIMS. ITS NOT POSSIBLE FOR A BUSINESS TO BE CIVIL, ABOVE BOARD AND RELIABLE IN NIGERIA. I AM SURE IF ARIK HAS DONE WHAT IT IS REQUIRED TO DO, THEY CAN FLY ANY PLANE ANYWHERE THEY WANT. VIRGIN LEFT BECAUSE OF THIS KIND OF BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT. YET OUR LEADERS ARE CONSTANTLY JETTING AROUND THE WORLD TO GET “INVESTORS” TO COME TO NIGERIA AND INVEST. WHO EVER HEARD THAT ANY COUNTRY WILL CLOSE DOWN AN AIRLINE, NOT FOR SAFETY BREACH BUT FOR DEBT OWED THE SAME GOVT? IN OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE THE U.S. BILLIONS WERE SET ASIDE AS BAILOUT FOR THE AVIATION INDUSTRY, NOT IN NIJA. WHY NOT SET UP AN ADMINISTRATION FOR THE AIRLINE TO KEEP PEOPLE’S JOBS AND GET THE AIRLINE OUT OF THE RED?