Published On: Fri, Apr 22nd, 2016

Besieged Arik wary of upheavals in aviation sector

Arik Air

Arik Air

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – ARIK Air has bemoaned the recent disruption of its services by aviation unions over the N12,4 billion debts the carrier  reportedly owed the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Passengers have recently been left stranded at the General Aviation  Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport as placard-carrying unionists  frustrated the operation of the airline.

“Such practices, if not stopped by the authorities, are capable of running  down the industry,” warned Chairman of Arik Air, Sir Arumeni Johnson.

He described his airline as a “responsible corporate citizen” that was always ready to meet its obligations to its passengers and service  providers and therefore did not deserve the alleged shabby treatment by the unions as exemplified by the recent picketing at its offices and  aircrafts at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

“Is it now the duty of the union to seek payment of money owed aviation agencies? The union has clearly gone beyond its mandate and we implore the Honourable Minister to intervene.”

Johnson expressed the hope that Sirika as a thoroughbred aviation professional would bring his wealth of experience to bear in resolving all  the lingering issues especially between airline operators and the industry  regulators.

Meanwhile, Sirika has given Arik Air Group, FAAN and the Nigerian Airspace  Management Agency (NAMA) a fortnight, effective Thursday, to resolve all issues relating to indebtedness among the respective organisations.

CAJ News

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