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Nigerian flag carrier airline, Arik Air today resumed flight operations after 48 hours of shutting its services owing to issues bothering on renewal of its insurance.
The airline’s first flight took off at about 1 pm with many passengers unsure when their flights would be as many flights already booked before the disruptions were rescheduled.
Many who had planned to depart at 7am today following text messages received by the airline could not do so. The flight originally scheduled for yesterday morning could not depart until 4pm. It was not clear if all the flights departed yesterday, but the airline announced that it has resumed operations in a statement to WoleshadareNews.
The carrier however asked members of the public to discountenance what it described as the disparaging allegations, unsubstantiated and uninformed claims about the airline’s inability to meet its financial obligations to aviation fuel marketers and a purported withdrawal of insurance services to Arik Air by its insurers.
“While the current scarcity of aviation fuel (JET A1) has impacted on the operations of airlines in the country, Arik Air is in good standing with its fuel suppliers and has been meeting its obligations to them and to our insurers. With the regularization of the required documents relating to the renewal of the insurance, Arik Air will be resuming its normal flying schedule from 1100 hours on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.”
The airline said it regretted the unfortunate inconvenience caused to its customers and reassured its customers of expedient rebooking of any affected flights.
While the crisis lasted, scores of passengers across the country and from New York, Johannesburg and London booked on Nigerian Arik Air were left stranded following the inability of the airline to airlift them to their destinations.
Idowu showunmi who called WoleshadareNews from London expressed his frustration, saying they were left stranded.
Many others called from Accra, New York and across West Africa saying they had been at their various airports since 7am with no flight in sight to take them to their destinations.
Another passenger who spoke from Abuja expressed anger over the situation.
Since early morning today, none of the airline’s aircraft has been operated to any destinations in Nigeria, West Africa and other routes.
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, aat he had been at the airport as early as 7:00 for a 7:30 am flight to Abuja, but as at 3 pm, it was yet to be known if passengers would eventually make the trip to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).