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Nigerian news:Arik Air calls off bluff to stop fying

The management of Air Air said  that it will continue its flight operations at the general aviation terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, despite the hand over of the terminal by two officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), to Bi- Courtney Aviation Services Limited.

The acting Managing Director of the airline, Mr Chris Ndulue, said : “Arik Air is still operating its flights at the old domestic terminal. What has happened does not warrant suspension of our operations. The purported hand over was a kangaroo one. The Minister of Aviation, Mr. Babatunde Omotoba , was neither at the handover, neither was any of the directors of the ministry or even directors from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

“That is not the way things are done in civilized societies . We have to continue with our operations , because of our guests, who rely on us to get to their destinations during this Sallah.”

Aviation unions have kicked against the handover of the Terminal, saying they would embark on a strike from Wednesday.

The unions are: Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE). They have vowed to fight the handover.

The hand over came just as the Senate Committee on Aviation advised the Minister to halt action until all grey areas in the agreement are resolved.

However, Bi-Courtney has called on all the parties to abide by the agree

ment the company has reached

Source; The Nation