Arik Airline Resumes Flight Operations after Labour Union Crisis

Following a peace resolution with labour union that picketed the airline on Thursday, Arik Airline today, (Friday) resumed normal operation on all routes.

As contained in a statement issued by the Media Consultant to the airline, Mr Simon Tumba, this morning, the Arik Airline resolved the lingering impasse with labour unions in a meeting mediated by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Thursday evening.

Unions represented at the meeting, according to Tumba, include the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers.

The offices of the troubled airline were on Thursday picketed by the three aviation unions.

He quoted Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, the Chief Executive Officer of the airline, as saying: “the management apologise to its customers for the disruption of services on Thursday following the picketing of its operations by the unions.”

He added;“We reassure our customers of timely departure, great travel experience and look forward to welcoming them on board our flights.’’

Meanwhile, Tumba said the airline had reactivated its online platform for customers to book and pay online through its entire network.

He explained that the airline’s on time departure performance had improved by over 80 per cent in the last three weeks.

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