Arik says picketing illegal, apologies to passengers


The Management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has apologised to all its customers whose travel plans were disrupted by the picketing of its operations today.

In a statement, the spokesman of the airline, Mr. Banji Ola described the picketing as illegal and lacked the backing of the unions, adding that Management has condemned in strongest terms the action of some disgruntled elements to disrupt its operations.

“We wish to place on record that the picketing was illegal and has no backing of the aviation unions whose leadership have embraced dialogue by attending mediatory meetings called for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).”

“The management strongly condemns this action and once again assures all stakeholders of a safe and conducive working environment. We shall also protect the interest of the flying public for a safe, friendly and on time travelling experience.”

“We are already working with the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Aviation and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to resolve all pending issues with the unions and a section of the staff.”

It adds, “Customers with valid tickets who could not fly on Monday can modify such tickets at no cost for future travels.
We are working to bring the situation under control and the public will be advised accordingly.”