Arik Air has resumed operations having been grounded on Tuesday due to aircraft insurance renewal. Its passengers were stranded across airports in the country as all scheduled flights were cancelled.
The airline announced late Tuesday that flight operations would resume on Wednesday(today).
The Communications Manager of the airline, Ola Adebanji, said the disruption was temporary, pending approval of aircraft documentation related to insurance renewal.
He said: “This situation is likely to continue for the next few days until such time that the National Insurance Commission approves a waiver on a priority basis for the new insurance company to renew the policy.
“All customers are advised to contact Arik Air’s Call Centre (01-2799999), Airport or City ticket offices or visit the airline’s Website (www.arikair.com) for further updates.
“Where flights have been cancelled, the airline will notify passengers through text messages and in such cases passengers will be accommodated on first available alternative flight as soon as normal flight operations resume.”
Adebanji gave an assurance to members of the public that the airline was fully committed to returning to its normal operations and apologised for the inconvenience caused its passengers.
Passengers were also advised to check with the airline regarding the status of their flights before proceeding to the airport, a statement by the airline added.
Adebanji said: “Arik Air’s Group CEO, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, wishes to advise and assure the public, its customers, stakeholders and partners that we are fully committed to returning to our normal operations and minimize any unfortunate inconvenience to our passengers.
“The Group CEO has apologised and appealed (on behalf of the airline) for the understanding of passengers while it works diligently to resume normal operations at the earliest.”