Calm has been restored between the Aviation Unions and Arik Air by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) who brokered a truce between both parties today.
As a result, the airline has commenced full scale operations to all their domestic and international destinations.
The Regulatory Authority had to intervene to avert the impending chaos, the strike if allowed to linger would have brought to the huge volume of passengers who are travelling for the yuletide and end of the year celebrations.
The Airline and the Unions were summoned to the Aviation House, Conference Room of the NCAA where very fruitful deliberations were held with the NCAA as the moderator
There were various resolutions reached which are contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting.
Arik Air and representatives of all the unions including NCAA signed the communiqué with the understanding that all agreed issues will be carried out.
The Chairman,Arik Air, Sir Johnson Arumeni, however, thanked the Honourable Minister of State for Aviation, Hon Hadi Sirika, the Director General of the NCAA, Capt Muhtar Usman, Capt Sidi Abdullahi Director of Training and Operations[DOT], other management staff of NCAA present and all the Union officials for their intervention and amicable resolution of the crisis.
According to the airline, extra flights have been put in place to various domestic destinations between Wednesday, 21 December 2016 and Saturday, 24 December, 2016 and has also upgraded aircraft on certain routes to a bigger capacity to cope with the backlog of passengers whose flights were affected by the unions’ disruptive action on Tuesday, 20 December, 2016. Additional capacity has been allocated throughout this week from both Lagos and Abuja to destinations such as Enugu, Asaba, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Benin, Warri, Uyo , Yola etc.to also enable many of our customers to get to their destinations for the yuletide season.
Passengers whose flights were affected by the disruption on Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 are advised to contact our Call Centre on 01 2799999 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org for rebooking options.