Less than 24 hours after the suspension of operations, popular Nigerian airline, Arik Air has announce that it will resume its operation by 11:00am on Wednesday.
We reported on Tuesday that hundreds of air travellers who booked on Nigerian Arik airline were stranded across the country, following the inability of the airline to airlift them to their destinations as news made rounds that company has shutdown operations.
In a new statement on Wednesday signed by Ola Adebanji, the company’s public relations officer, less than 24 hours after suspension of its operations, Arik Air has said it will resume its operation by 11:am today.
“Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest airline, is pleased to announce that scheduled flights will resume from 11 am tomorrow, Wednesday September 14, 2016.
“Members of the public and our esteemed 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 has been meeting its obligations to them and to our insurers.
“With the regularization 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 rebooking of any affected flights,” the airline said.
Arik becomes the first airline to have returned from a suspension of activities, as Aero Contractors and FirstNation are yet to make their comeback.