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Arik Air Suspends Flight Operations over Aircraft Insurance Renewal



Arik AirThe operations of Arik Air, Nigeria’s biggest private airline, was on Tuesday disrupted due to aircraft insurance renewal, leaving its passengers stranded across airports in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all the airlines’ scheduled flights were cancelled, prompting its customers to seek alternative flights.

The Communications Manager of the airline, Ola Adebanji, said  that the disruption was temporary, pending approval of aircraft documentation related to insurance renewal.

Adebanji noted that Arik airline was working round the clock to resolve the necessary documentation.

According to him, all flights scheduled for September 13 have been cancelled.

He added that the airline  would  get in touch with passengers to provide an update on rescheduling of their flights.

“This situation is likely to continue for the next few days until such time that the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) approves a waiver on a priority basis for the new insurance company to renew the policy.

All customers are advised to contact Arik Air’s Call Centre (01-2799999), Airport or City ticket offices or visit the airline’s Website ( for further updates.

Where flights have been cancelled, the airline will notify passengers through text messages and in such cases passengers will be accommodated on first available alternative flight as soon as normal flight operations resume,” the statement said.

Adebanji gave an assurance to members of the public that the airline was fully committed to returning to its normal operations and apologised for the inconvenience caused its passengers.

Passengers are also advised to check with the airline regarding the status of their flights before proceeding to the airport, a statement by the airline added.

“Arik Air’s Group CEO, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, wishes to advise and assure the public, its customers, stakeholders and partners that we are fully committed to returning to our normal operations and minimize any unfortunate inconvenience to our passengers.

The Group CEO has apologised and appealed (on behalf of the airline) for the understanding of passengers while it works diligently to resume normal operations at the earliest,” the statement added.

Arik Airline is the third airline to suspend operations. Aero Contractors announced suspension of services first, followed by Firstnation Airline. The latter  however promised to resume operations on Thursday, September 15.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Mywifeisfiiiiiiine

    September 13, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    The Saga continues……… which way Nigeria?

  2. Ada

    September 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Trust ARik Air and gbese! Local staff are owed 3 to 4 months salaries, now it is insurance. The insurance company would have notified the airline of the pending renewal but in the typical naija style, they ignore and act as if all is well. If any of its aircrafts were to be involved in a crash, what will they tell the victims families? That their insurance covers were not renewed? In the voice of mama peace, there is God oooooo!

  3. Ada

    September 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    *mama patience*

  4. Gorgeous

    September 13, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    This is a big revelation and indictment on Arik. I have always been wary flying the airline. So you mean they can suspend operations for Insurance??? Yet we flock to fly them. Those who care about their lives should not take this news with a pinch of salt at all. If anything happens to you or family members OYO.

  5. Abuena

    September 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Arik Air and their constant let downs…

  6. Presh

    September 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Arik is really a let down , I reall cannot tell what there problem is. I will rather treak to my destination than use them again , imagine a 6 hour flight with no visual or sound entertainment . I was bored out of my mind . The food nkoh! Fogerrit.

  7. Nene

    September 14, 2016 at 9:55 am

    It is shameful that Nigeria doesn’t even have good local airlines or even a national carrier. This country is sick. With a huge population of people traveling far and wide, the government would’ve made a truckload of cash from a national carrier.

  8. Margaret olele

    September 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Whatever the issues are,we must not allow Arik to go down . Can you imagine the great disruption to business and impact on our already ailing economy. In the US, it is called a bailout. I am not saying that Arik should not live out their responsibilities. , am saying we should always approach issues from a bigger picture perspective.

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