Arik Air spokesman Mr. Adebanji Ola announced that the airline will resume full flight operations from today. The airline was forced to suspend all flight operations and cancel all flights scheduled yesterday due to its inability to renew its aircraft insurance.
The Arik Airline spokesman said “We have resolved the issues relating to the insurance. Our flights have resumed but our full operations will start tomorrow. Two flights are already leaving to Port Harcourt and Abuja this evening. We sincerely apologize to our clients”.
Thousands of passengers across Africa were left stranded and the travel plans of many Eid Kabir holiday makers was disrupted due to the flight suspension by Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Airline operates 40% of Nigeria’s domestic flight and, along with Aero contractors (another major domestic flight operator) who’ve been on indefinite operation suspension since August 31 2016, passengers were simply left in limbo.
The reason for the disruption was the pending approval of aircraft documentation related to insurance renewal. According to international regulations, aircraft could not be allowed to fly without insurance, which must be done for the total number of aircraft in the airline’s fleet.
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Written by Kike Olowu