The management of Arik air has announced suspension of international flights to London and Johannesburg.
This is to enable it find permanent solution facing its passengers and carry out a thorough assessment of the situation.
The strategic business decision is meant to realign the airlines operations and refocus on satisfying domestic and West Africa and other international passengers.
It will also present Arik with excellent opportunity to engage and discuss with creditors who have become restive since the intervention and have also understandably exhausted their patience due to non-payment of accumulated debt and non-performance on services and contracts.
Consequent upon this, the airline is making arrangements to refund all international passengers of the airline that are affected by this decision.
In a statement it said, “To our international creditors, Arik is most grateful for your patience and understanding. We reassure them that all pending issues with the airline will be duly addressed as a matter of priority as we plan to engage them in this regard.
The international route is very critical for the strategic turn around, growth strategy and stability of the airline. Therefore we intend to revisit the routes immediately we address all the problems inherited, which is affecting and creating more dissatisfied passenger base.
We appeal to all passengers to kindly bear with us as the decision is to ensure that the airline adheres strictly to international aviation best practices”.