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Arik Air Resumes Flight Operations After Shutdown

Arik Air has resumed flight operations after the disruption of its flights by protesting workers on Monday.

Several air passengers were left stranded on Monday as workers under the auspices of the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Arik Air branch, grounded the operations of Arik Air nationwide.

The aviation unions alleged non-payment of staff salaries since April, after placing 90 per cent of the workforce on compulsory leave, and other anti-labour practices.

But in a statement issued by the airline’s spokesperson, Adebanji Ola, on Tuesday, he said flights had started operating in and out of Lagos.

The airline apologised to customers for the disruption to their travel plans on Monday.

Arik Air flight

“The management of Arik Air (In Receivership) is pleased to announce the resumption of normal flight operations after Monday’s disruption by a group of unionists,” the statement read in part.

“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.

“Once again, we apologise 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.”

Arik Air also informed passengers who could not fly on Monday to modify their tickets at no extra cost to travel at any time.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Innocent Atasie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the strike had been temporarily suspended pending a mediatory meeting requested by the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Nuhu.

According to him, the outcome of the meeting with the NCAA DG will determine the next line of action.

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