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Suspension of Arik Air flights: Airline points accusing finger at Aviation Minister
Arik Airline has today accused the Aviation Minister, Mrs Oduah of demanding to be one of the share holders of the company when she has contributed nothing to the airline in the past.
In a press statement released by the airline today (20/09/2012), it was disclosed that the continuous hostility of the Aviation Minister who had been demanding to have a stake in the operation of the Airline in the country was a major reason why the company cannot continue to operate in the country.
The statement reads in parts; “Due to persistent hostility of the Ministry of Aviation, with a minister who is demanding a 5percent equity in a business where she has no investment…ann FAAN management, which has culminated in the use of FAAN staff to stop the airline operations and lock in checked passengers in Lagos this morning Arik Air has suspended all domestic operations until further notice.”
The Airline management had disclosed that the action of FAAN and the Minister was not unrelated to personal interest, and for that reason, they have no other choice but to suspend all domestic and local flight of the Airline indefinitely.
The statement further reads that” This issue bothers on personal interests, and non payment of bills; since FAAN has been collecting”
Joe Obi, a spokesman for the Aviation Ministry reacted to allegations leveled against his boss and the aviation industry by Arik, stating that the allegations were “completely untrue, unfounded and malicious.” He affirmed that the airline was trying to capitalize on the flight disruption in order to avoid settling the debt it currently owes the Federal government.
“The allegation is just a way to divert attention away from the issue at stake,” Obi said.
In another statement issued by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, the flight disruption was blamed on unions’ complaint towards non- payment of their salary and not as claimed by Arik.
“The management wishes to inform the public that it was not aware of any plan by the unions to embark on the said industrial action as the management considers it to be counter-productive,” the statement reads.