(Breaking News)Arik Air Suspends Flight Operations Over Insurance Matters


The last has not been heard of the suspension of flights by domestic airlines operating in the country due to maintenance issue, huge debts and to re-strategise, as the airline with the largest fleet; Arik Air today suspended its operations due to insurance issues.

The suspension is coming few days after Aero Contractors and Firstnation Airways suspended their operations.

But in a swift tactical response the airline said that it has temporarily suspended its operations pending approval of aircraft documentation related to insurance renewal.

Arik Air’s statement which was signed by the management and made available to Abelnews alerted air travelers of a temporary suspension to its operations.

The airline said that it was working around the clock to resolve the necessary documentation, which has been a challenge due to the long weekend holidays due to Ed al Adha.

At the present time, all flights of the airline have been cancelled for Tuesday, 13 September 2016 and the airline has stated that it would be getting in touch with passengers to provide an update on rescheduling of their flights.

This situation is likely to continue for the next few days until such time that National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) approves a waiver on a priority basis for the new insurance company to renew the policy.

The airline advised  all customers are kindly advised to contact Arik Air’s Call Centre (01-2799999), Airport or City ticket offices or visit the airline’s Website ( for further updates.

It also advised passengers are also advised to check with the airline regarding the status of their flights before proceeding to the airport.

Arik Air’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, advised and assured the public, its customers, stakeholders and partners that the airline is fully committed to returning its normal operations and minimise any unfortunate inconvenience to our passengers.

“Where flights have been cancelled, the airline will notify passengers through SMS and in such cases, passengers will be accommodated on first available alternative flight as soon as normal flight operations resume. The Group CEO has apologized and appealed (on behalf of the airline) for the understanding of passengers while it works diligently to resume normal operations at the earliest, ”the statement said.