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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Thousands of Passengers Stranded At Airports After Arik Suspends Operations

Passengers stranded after Arik Air
suspends all operations

Travellers booked on Nigerian Arik airline are
currently stranded across the country, following the inability of the airline to airlift them to their destinations.


Since early morning today, none of the airline’s aircraft has been operated to any destinations in Nigeria, West Africa and other routes.

According to SaharaReporters, the massive debts of the airline, at least N3billion, to major oil marketers who regularly supply aviation fuel is partially responsible for the current situation of the airline. A source told their reporters that in addition to the airline's inability to buy for fuel, its insurers in
Europe and elsewhere had withdrawn insurance cover from the airline forcing the airline
to stop flight operations altogether.

A source close to the oil marketers said that the airline is a bad debtor as it currently owes at least N3 billion to all its suppliers, a situation, which has made them not to supply Jet A1 to the airline.
The sordid situation may also affect the airline’s long-haul operations to Heathrow Airport in London and New York in the United States of America.

Some of the early morning flights of Arik Air include Lagos- Abuja at 6:45 am and 7:30, Abuja-Lagos at 8:00 and 9:00.
Others are Benin, Port Harcourt, Asaba, and Kano.
A passenger with the airline, Chris Amokwu told SR that he had been at the airport as early as 7:00 for a 7:30 am flight to Abuja, but as at 1 pm, he was yet to know if he would eventually make the trip to the Federal Capital Territory.

According to him, the airline attributed its inability to operate to the scarcity of Jet A1 and poor weather condition.

Arik Air is the third airline to shut down flight operations in
Nigeria in the last three weeks following the suspension of
flight by Aero Contractors and First Nation.

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