Arik Air Resumes Flights After Suspension by Unions

The management of Arik Air has announced the resumption of normal flight operations after Monday’s disruption by some workers unions.

Mr Adebanji Ola, the Communications Manager of Arik Air confirmed the resumption in a statement made available on Tuesday in Lagos.

The statement read, “All our early morning flights for Tuesday, September 15, 2020, operated in and out of Lagos on schedule and all other flights for the day will operate as scheduled,” Ola said in a statement on Tuesday.

“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.

“Passengers with tickets who could not fly on Monday can modify such tickets at no extra cost to travel at any time.

“We thank our esteemed customers for their understanding, confidence and support during this period.”

Mr Innocent Atasie, Chairman, Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Arik Air Branch, told NAN that the strike was put on hold based on the request of Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), who asked for a meeting with the union.

He mentioned that the outcome of the meeting with the Director-General would determine the next line of action.

Recall that Aviation Unions, on Monday, shut down the operations of Arik Air for non-payment of salaries.

The unions that included the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) claimed that Arik Air has since April not paid its workers after placing 90 per cent of its workforce on compulsory leave.

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