Arik Air seems set to resume domestic flight operations, having been off for days. Street Journal gathered that the resumption followed an emergency meeting convened by the Federal Government to mediate in the dispute between the airline and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria as well as the Federal Ministry of Aviation.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim was at the meeting.
A joint press conference was addressed by the Managing Director of FAAN, George Uriesi, Harold Demuren of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and Nnamdi Udoh of the National Airspace Management Authority in which they disclosed that the trade unions that disrupted Arik Air’s flights did not carry them along in their action.
Uriesi while briefing the press said “following the industrial action embarked upon by the unions in the aviation industry yesterday (Thursday) which led to the grounding of Arik Air’s operations, we are pleased to inform Nigerians travelling and the general public that the management of NCAA, FAAN and NAMA met with the leaders of the unions this morning and afternoon. As a result of this intervention, the unions called off the action and Arik Air is free to commence flight operations as normal.”
It was also stated that the airline owes FAAN N 7 billion. Meanwhile, the airline did not commence operations as of the time of filing this report on Saturday.
The airline was prevented from operating as check-in counters were blocked by FAAN agents on Thursday over the airline’s indebtedness.