Arik airline resumed full operation Wednesday after the it was suspended on Tuesday due to its inability to renew its aircraft insurance.
Passengers of the airline were yesterday stranded across different airports in the country as a result of suspension of operations by the company.
The airline later issued a statement to announce temporary disruption to its operations, saying it was working around the clock to resolve the necessary documentation, which has been a challenge due to the long weekend for the Muslim holidays.
In another statement later issued, the Group CEO, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, announced that the airline will resume operations 11am Wednesday.
“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 statement read
Arik becomes the first airline to have returned from a suspension of activities, as Aero Contractors and FirstNation are yet to make their comeback.