Arik Air has extended the validity of the ongoing N16, 000 promotional fares to cover the period of Easter.
The special fare which enables an air traveller to buy a one-way ticket to any destination in Nigeria with N16, 000 was originally scheduled to end on March 31.
According to a statement signed by the airline’s Communications Manager, Mr. Ola Adebanji, the extension of the promo will afford air travellers the opportunity of buying the N16, 000 ticket until April 17 for travels on or before April 30.
Arik Air’s CEO, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu urged the airline’s customers to take advantage of the promo to spend the forthcoming Easter holidays with their families and loved ones.
The management also said the airline had significantly improved on its time performance against what obtained in the last few weeks.
“A flight now departs within the 15 minutes of published departure time in line with the industry’s standard of On-Time Performance (OTP).”
Meanwhile, the shareholders and directors of Arik Air Limited have dragged the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, before the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, accusing the federal authorities of mismanagement.
The case, which is the latest in a string of lawsuits between Arik and AMCON, came two months after AMCON took over management Arik Airline, the largest in the country.
It would be recalled that the FG announced two months ago that AMCON would be taking over Arik Airlines. The government said this move was in a bid to save the country’s aviation industry from total collapse.
The government also announced that Roy Ilegbodu, a veteran aviation expert, would take over the management of the airline under the receivership of Oluseye Opasanya, a senior advocate of Nigeria.
The agency cited poor mismanagement on the part of the company’s owners, saying it assumed control of the troubled airline in order to reposition it. Amcon said Arik was indebted to it up to the tune of N300 billion.
The airline shareholders and management have, however, vowed to challenge the takeover
In suit number FHC/L/CS//2017, filed on March 27, the shareholders prayed the court to hold AMCON and NCAA responsible if there is any case of air accident or other serious damages in the airline’s operation.
“‘A declaration that the defendants would be personally liable for any Air crash arising from non-compliance with the NCAA Act and regulations including any claims for compensation and criminal liability arising therefrom,” court papers read.
Arik directors, Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, Michael Arumemi-Ikhide and engineer, Sangowawa Olubiyi, said AMCON had violated the country’s air traffic laws which could result in air accidents.
“Arik Aircrafts are not receiving adequate and scheduled maintenance as well as the regular supply of proper spare parts.
“Over 10 aircraft parked at the Arik Air hanger are not on a maintenance and storage program and thus the safety of passengers currently being ferried on board the aircraft cannot be guaranteed.”
No date has been fixed for hearing on the matter.