Operations of Arik Airlines have resumed barely 24 hours after a protest by labour unions in its office in Lagos State.
The action left hundreds of passengers stranded across the country. Arik Air is currently the biggest airline in Nigeria.
It took the intervention of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to resolve the picketing of the Airline by industry unions in the State.
The unions are under the auspices of the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria, and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).
Aggrieved workers of the airline joined the three aviation unions over the airline’s failure to pay seven months’ salary arrears, unionisation of Arik Air employees and recall of all their colleagues who were sacked because of their roles in the unions as well as other anti-labour practices.
Arik Air has agreed (as a result of the intervention) to pay all outstanding salaries to its workers beginning this Friday.
In a statement issued, the airline said operating flights from both Lagos and Abuja the evening of Tuesday 20, 2016 while full scheduled operations will resume on the morning of Wednesday, December 21, 2016.
The airline has put in place extra flights to various domestic destinations between Wednesday and Saturday, December 24 and has also upgraded aircraft on certain routes to a bigger capacity to cope with the backlog of passengers whose flights were affected by the unions’ disruptive action earlier on Tuesday 20 December 2016.
The statement said additional capacity had been allocated throughout the week from both Lagos and Abuja to Enugu, Owerri, Asaba, Port Harcourt, Warri, Uyo, Benin, Yola and other states. It says the scheduled would also enable many of their customers to get to their destinations for the yuletide season.
“Passengers whose flights were affected by the disruption on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 are advised to contact 01-2799999 or via email to email@example.com for rebooking options,” the statement further read.