Arik Air, Nigeria’s biggest airline to Resume Flight Operations Wednesday Morning

Nigeria international airline Arik Air will resume normal flights Wednesday morning, 24 hours after it suspended operations over problems with insurance.

Arik Air, Nigeria’s biggest airline, said it will resume flights at 11AM on Wednesday, having resolved its insurance issues,this was stated on their website.

The website also state that it is in the process of changing its ‘airline Liability Insurance providers’.

Members of the public and our customers are advised to discountenance the disparaging allegations, unsubstantiated and uninformed claims about the airline’s inability to meet its financial obligations to aviation fuel marketers and a purported withdrawal of insurance services to Arik Air by its insurers.

While the current scarcity of aviation fuel (JET A1) has impacted on the operations of airlines in the country, Arik Air is in good standing with its fuel suppliers and have been meeting its obligations to them and to our insurers.

“Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest airline, is pleased to announce that scheduled flights will resume from 11AM, Wednesday September 14, 2016.

With the regularisation of the required documents relating to the renewal of the insurance, Arik Air will be resuming its normal flying schedule from 1100 hours on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

Arik Air regrets the unfortunate inconvenience caused to its customers and reassures our customers of expedient re-booking of their flights,” the airline stated.

Firstnation Airlines followed, but promised to resume operations by September 15.

While that of Aero Contractors, Nigeria’s second biggest domestic operator, saddled by huge debts announced late August  it was suspending operations indefinitely from 1 September and asked staff to go home.

The impact of the external environment has been very harsh on our operational performance, hence management decision to suspend scheduled services operations indefinitely effective September 1, 2016, pending when the external opportunities and a robust sustainable and viable plan is in place for Aero Contractors to recommence its scheduled services.

The implication of the suspension of scheduled services operations extends to all staffs directly and indirectly involved in providing services as they are effectively to proceed on indefinite leave of absence during the period of non-services,” the airline had said.


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