Arik Air resumes local operations
By Victor Iluyemi September 22, 2012 19:58:52pm GMT
Abuja (WorldStage Newsonline)– Following the meeting between Federal Government of Nigeria and management of Arik Air, the airline on Saturday gave the go ahead to resume operations.
The announcement came at the end of the meeting and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
The airline flight operations were grounded on Thursday by aviation unions- the Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN); the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).
The unions barricaded the General Aviation Terminal, where Arik Air operates and which compelled it to suspend operation of local flights until further notice.
However, at the end of Saturday’s meeting which was at the instance of the Federal Government, it was reported that all issues in contention were discussed and resolved.
The meeting was chaired by Anyim and attended by the two Chairmen of the Aviation Committees of the National Assembly, the Minister of Aviation, Stella Odua Chief Arthur Eze and the Management of Arik Air.
Besides resolving all the issues, the meeting also agreed on a road map for smooth working operation among the warring parties.
The meeting also appeal to both parties to eschew every provocation that may have arisen as a result of this unfortunate misunderstanding. Accordingly, all the exchange of accusations and allegations are vitiated and so of no consequence.
The meeting also on behalf of the Ministry of Aviation and the Management of Arik Air, apologised to all travellers for the inconveniencies the unfortunate misunderstanding may have caused them.
The statement signed by Anyim reads: “We are pleased to announce that Arik Air can now resume operations.
“All issues in contention were discussed and resolved;
“A road map for the smooth working together of both parties were also agreed upon;
” We use this opportunity to appeal to both parties to eschew every provocation that may have arisen as a result of this unfortunate misunderstanding. Accordingly, all the exchange of accusations and allegations are vitiated and so of no consequence;
“On behalf of the Ministry of Aviation and the Management of Arik Air, we apologise to all travellers for the inconveniencies this unfortunate misunderstanding may have caused them.”
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