Arik resolves labour crisis; resumes operation

Arik Airline has resumed operations following resolution of the labour crisis that grounded its operations on Thursday, according to a statement from the airline’s information department.

The airline, which was picketed on Thursday, said that it held a meeting, which was mediated by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, with the different labour unions involved and had reached a compromise on the issues that led to the imbroglio.

Mr. Simon Tumba, Arik’s media officer, said in a statement that the different sides held a meeting on Thursday evening to resolve the issues.

Speaking on behalf of Captain Roy Ilegbodu, Arik’s CEO, Tumba said: “the management apologise to its customers for the disruption of services on Thursday following the picketing of its operations by the unions.”

“We reassure our customers of timely departure, great travel experience and look forward to welcoming them on board our flights.’’

BREAKING: Workers picket Arik Airlines

Three unions in Nigeria’s aviation sector have shut down the operations of Arik Airlines following management’s failure to reinstate its sacked workers.

The unions had earlier, on Wednesday, threatened to picket Arik if their demands were not met. The unions, comprising the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, on Thursday, stormed Arik Airline’s office at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.