Nigeria’s Arik Air to resume flights after shutdown

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An Arik Air flight - 2008

Nigeria’s largest airline carrier Arik Air is to resume flights this morning after operations were suspended yesterday because of problems with its insurance policy.

This led to many passengers being stranded at airports across the country – although the managing director said the flight to London did leave yesterday.

In a statement, the airline urged the public to disregard reports suggesting that it was unable to meet its financial obligations to buy fuel or pay its insurance:

Arik Air is in good standing with its fuel suppliers and has been meeting its obligations to them and to our insurers.

With the regularisation of the required documents relating to the renewal of the insurance, Arik Air will be resuming its normal flying schedule from 11:00 hours on Wednesday.”

It’s now just after noon in Nigeria – but it’s not clear yet if the operations have restarted.

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