Arik Air issues apology to travellers over flight disruption

Arik Air issues apology to travellers over flight disruption

The management of Arik Air on Monday, September 14, apologised to its customers whose travel plans were disrupted by the picketing of operations by some Aviation unions on Sept. 14.

Mr Adebanji Ola, Manager, Communications of Arik Air, made the apology in a statement in Lagos.

1st News had reported that the operations of Arik Air on Sept. 14 was shut down by the Aviation unions over alleged non-payment of staff salaries since April, after placing 90 percent of the workforce on compulsory leave and other anti-labour practices.

Ola said: “We wish to place on record that the picketing was illegal and has no backing of the aviation unions whose leadership have embraced dialogue by attending mediatory meetings called by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“The management strongly condemns this action and once again assures all stakeholders of a safe and conducive working environment.

“We shall also protect the interest of the flying public for a safe, friendly and on time travelling experience.

“We are already working with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Aviation and NCAA to resolve all pending issues with the unions and a section of the staff,” he said.

The spokesperson, however, assured customers with valid tickets who could not fly on Monday to modify such tickets at no cost for future travels.

“We are working to bring the situation under control and the public will be advised accordingly.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government (FG) on Sunday, September 13, issued a warning over imminent massive rainfalls as well as flooding; while urging state governments to take proactive measures to mitigate the impending floods.

This warning by the FG was contained in a statement issued by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq; who gave the warning in a statement issued in Abuja by her Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Anibeze.

According to the minister, states with a high probability of flooding should identify high grounds for use; as camps for the evacuation of possible internally displaced persons; and to also shelter evacuated communities.

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The FG also sympathised with the people of Kebbi; Bauchi, as well as Jigawa states over the heavy flooding in some areas in the states; which led to the loss of lives and also farmlands.

Umar-Farouq urged states to organise humanitarian coordination fora to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response; as well as request relief materials for a prompt response after the flood.

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