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Arik Air Suspends Lagos, Abuja –Dubai Route

Posted: May 2, 2015 at 7:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigerian carrier, Arik Air, announced on Wednesday, that it was suspending further flight operations into Dubai, UAE from Lagos and Abuja airports. The Airline cited frustrations from the United Arab Emirates government and harsh operating environment in Nigeria as core reasons for its action.

The news was received with shock and outrage by industry stakeholders who see Arik Air’s foray into the Dubai route as one sure way of breaking the monopoly of Emirates and assisting the government cut down on capital flight on that route.

Communications Officer Of Arik, Chigozie Okereke said, “The executive board of Arik Air has taken the decision to temporarily suspend its Dubai service operating from Lagos via Abuja with effect from May 4, 2015,”

“A challenging wider economic environment in Nigeria as well as increasingly stringent travel regulation controls in UAE has contributed to the decision to suspend the service,” Okereke added.

She attributed recent flight delays and cancellations being experienced by Arik Air passengers in the last few days to crisis in aviation fuel (Jet A1) supply.

Said Okereke: “There has been short supply of the product in Lagos and this has led to rationing by petroleum product marketers. The scarcity has impacted negatively on Arik Air’s operations as flights have had to be delayed or canceled in cases where the destination airport has no airfield lighting.

“In some other cases, flights were diverted to other airports outside Lagos where the product was readily available.