The last may not have been heard in respect of suspension of flight operations by domestic airlines operating in the country over a number of issues ranging from maintenance to huge debts, and the need to re-strategise for profitability.
The latest airline to join the rank is Arik Air, as it announced the suspension of its operations on Tuesday due to insurance issues.
The suspension comes only few days after Aero Contractors and First Nation Airways suspended scheduled operations.
In a statement by Arik, the airline alerted air travellers to a temporary suspension of its operations, pending approval of aircraft documentation related to insurance renewal.
The airline said that it was working around the clock to resolve the necessary documentation, which has been a challenge due to the long weekend holidays.
“All flights have been cancelled for Tuesday, 13 September, 2016 and we are getting in touch with passengers to provide an update on rescheduling of their flights.
“This situation is likely to continue for the next few days until such time that National Insurance Commission approves a waiver on a priority basis for the new insurance company to renew the policy,” the statement read.
The airline advised all customers to contact Arik Air’s Call Centre (01-2799999), airport or city ticket offices or to visit the airline’s Website (www.arikair.com) for further updates.
It also advised passengers are also advised to check with the airline regarding the status of their flights before proceeding to the airport.
Arik Air’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, assured the public, its customers, stakeholders and partners that the airline is fully committed to returning its normal operations and minimise any unfortunate inconvenience to passengers.
“Where flights have been cancelled, the airline will notify passengers through SMS and in such cases, passengers will be accommodated on first available alternative flight as soon as normal flight operations resume,” the statement said.