Arik tenders apology to passengers over aviation unions strike


Chinazor Megbolu   |  

An indigenous airliner, Arik Air has tendered an apology to its passengers over strike embarked by the aviation unions on Monday.

The management of Arik Air appealed to its customers whose travel plans were thwarted by the aviation unions strike.

The Manager, Communications, Arik Air, Mr. Adebanji Ola, who rendered the apology on behalf of the management in a statement in Lagos, noted that the operations of Arik Air on September 14, 2020 was picketed by the aviation unions over alleged non-payment of staff salaries since April.

The statement also hinted that another reason was the placing 90 per cent of the workforce on compulsory leave and other anti-labour practices.

“We wish to place on record that the picketing was illegal and has no backing of the aviation unions whose leadership have embraced dialogue by attending mediatory meetings called by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“The management strongly condemns this action and once again assures all stakeholders of a safe and conducive working environment.

“We shall also protect the interest of the flying public for a safe, friendly and on time travelling experience.

“We are already working with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Aviation and NCAA to resolve all pending issues with the unions and a section of the staff,” he said.

Ola further explained that there is assurance for customers with valid tickets who could not fly on Monday to modify such tickets at no cost for future travels.

According to him; “we are working to bring the situation under control and the public will be advised accordingly”.

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