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Arik Air Suspends Domestic Flights leaving Hundreds of Passengers Stranded

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It has been reported that Arik Air, the Senate Committee on Aviation’s recommended national carrier, this morning suspended all its flights out of Lagos leaving passengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport stranded.

Several accounts of the cause of the suspension has been reported in the media. The Will reports that all Arik Air flights have been grounded by labour unions over unpaid dues to them. It further stated that Aviation Union leaders and their members stormed the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport as early as 7.am this Thursday 20th September, 2012 to block the carrier from operating its normal flights out of Lagos.

In another report, Premium Times said the flight suspended all its domestic operations due to the “persistent hostility of the Ministry of Aviation and Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) management.”

The Airline’s claim of suspending its local operations differ from reports that the Airline was officially shut by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, over an N18 billion debt the airline owes the aviation authority.

Premium Times further noted that the action has affected the Abuja and Port-Harcourt Airports as well. Hundreds of passengers across the country are now stranded as a result of the suspension.

This news coming barely 24 hours after the Senate Committe on Aviation recommended the Airline as Nigeria’s national flag carrier has brought up heated debates.

Photo Credit: The Will

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

24 Comments

  1. ella

    September 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Im laughin in french…hhuhuhuhuh…..Obasanjo’s airline

    • drone

      September 21, 2012 at 3:35 am

      who told that , its peter odili’s airline. who dash obasanjo airline

    • Whoa

      September 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Who dash Odili? It’s not his jor!

  2. Anoni

    September 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I’m sure there’s more to this story. Nothing is ever as it seems in this naija. I even received a
    Text from Arik: Due to persistent hostility of the Ministry of Aviation and FAAN management, which has culminated in the use of FAAN staff to stop our operations and lock in checked-in passengers in Lagos this morning, Arik Air has no option than to suspend all domestic operations until further notice.
    This issue bothers on personal interests and not payment of bills, since FAAN has been collecting their charges in advance since 18 months now. Arik Air regrets the inconveniences this disruption by FAAN would cause you. Thank you for your much valued support.

  3. jemi

    September 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    oh Ibiam ur caught in this, pele i hope u find a way around it.

  4. Selci!

    September 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I flew Arik the last time I came to Nigeria and I really enjoyed the smooth flight.And it was on time too…Im really sad to hear this and I hope its resolved soon since Arik is a good Airline

  5. Austine Da WhizchaP

    September 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    This Will Sure Give Dana Airline The Needed Leverage To Begin Operations and Get Back To Business As Usual. God Save Nigeria…Amen!!!

  6. Anoni

    September 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Na wa oh! I’m sure there is more to this story. They sent this text. Text from Arik: Due to persistent hostility of the Ministry of Aviation and FAAN management, which has culminated in the use of FAAN staff to stop our operations and lock in checked-in passengers in Lagos this morning, Arik Air has no option than to suspend all domestic operations until further notice.
    This issue bothers on personal interests and not payment of bills, since FAAN has been collecting their charges in advance since 18 months now. Arik Air regrets the inconveniences this disruption by FAAN would cause you. Thank you for your much valued support.

  7. HRS_Cindy

    September 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    All in favour of Dana air……smh

  8. anidiv

    September 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    no comment
    anidivalicious.wordpress.com

  9. truthisbitter tinz

    September 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    The rumour of Arik Air becoming the national carrier is already playing out just like the rumour of Harry rednapp becoming English coach deterred his performance at Tottenham.
    Anyways, i’m not surprised about this news unless you don’t fly often, Arik Air are arrogant, expensive and prone to delays. I have flown 11am scheduled flight by 5pm with them before………..so, it’s common with them and their allies.

    • Ed

      September 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      I quite agree with you, but almost all the airlines in Nigeria are like that especially if they are the only one flying that route. I Think the only airline that gave good service to me as an individual was Bellview long time ago, Aerocontractor tried then they got pig headed and will over book their flight and almost make passengers to start fighting one another when the issue same seating numbers……

  10. Worriedmuch

    September 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Okay i’m worried now….here i am in anoda african country trying to change my arik flight back home….somebody help me ooooo

  11. lahips

    September 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    arik air calabar to Lagos as at last week friday i tried getting a ticket was 59k, and i wondered if i keep this money and use it on myself wont it benefit me more than just flying to Lagos for an event, i pray their fares dis way should be more realistic.and i wish more flights will go through this route

  12. LB

    September 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    they sud do the right thing and start flying from MMA2, court has ruled in favour of Bi-Courtney since, guess the govt backing Arik has, has finally gone.

  13. lahips

    September 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    my own concern is with their flight fare, calabar to lagos over the counter i was billed 59k for return ticket, just that aero peeps have their own share of madness sometimes if not a little addition there and i have aero business class.
    i can imagine how the passengers felt.

    • david

      September 21, 2012 at 3:37 am

      you for call me make i book am for you.

    • smarth

      September 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Just imagine the mess Arik and the entire Naija is putting one to

  14. Oluchi

    September 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Fly DANA Air to your detriment!!

  15. Cheerieoaks

    September 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Who be this calabar girl when see 59k return ticket come the cry for bellanaija?hia abeg no fall cally peeps hand mbok.kponkporoh

  16. Cheerieoaks

    September 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Don’t worry save for Dana air!….mtchewwwww

  17. Brandigest

    September 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Enough of all this confusion in Nigeria aviation industry. Next we will hear that our air is agitating with no valid scientific reasons, thereby haulting aviation activities…www.brandigest.wordpress.com

  18. i no send

    September 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    please o..my hubby is stranded in PH….arik pls resume flights asap..

  19. JetLife Nigeria

    September 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Visit JetLife Nigeria to find out more about news on the Aviation industry—-> http://www.jetlifenigeria.com/

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