NIGERIA: Arik Air Resumes Flight Operation After Face-Off With Aviation Union

Arik Air Today announced the resumption of flight operations after Monday’s disruption by aviation unions.

According to the airline’s Manager of Communication, Mr Adebanji Ola, all the early morning flights for the day were operated as scheduled.

His statement confirmed that flight operations were carried out the early hours of today accordingly: “All our early morning flights for Tuesday, 15 September 2020 operated in and out of Lagos on schedule and all other flights for the day will operate as scheduled”.

Ola reiterated the airlines apology “Once again, we apologize to all our valued customers for the disruption to their travel plans on Monday and assure them of our resolve to continually adhere to safety standards. We thank our esteemed customers for their understanding, confidence and support during this period”. 

He further said that passengers with tickets who could not fly on Monday can modify such tickets at no extra cost to travel at any time

Recall while condemning the action of the unions’ members on Monday, the airline had said in a statement: “We wish to place on record that the picketing was illegal and has no backing of the aviation unions whose leadership have embraced dialogue by attending mediatory meetings called for Tuesday, September 15, 2020, by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).”

The statement added, “The management strongly condemns this action and once again assures all stakeholders of a safe and conducive working environment. We shall also protect the interest of the flying public for a safe, friendly and on time travelling experience”.

“We are already working with the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Aviation and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to resolve all pending issues with the unions and a section of the staff”.

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