Thursday, 23 February 2017

Nigeria Aviation News Headlines for Thursday February 23, 2017

Has Arik Air lost her prestigious title as Nigeria and West Africa's largest Carrier? Hopefully, Arik will rise above her storms and come out stronger. Please find the headlines below and follow the links to read the stories in full.

IATA Suspends Arik From Billing System

Arik Air, which was recently taken over by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) following huge indebtedness, has been suspended from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Billing and Settlement System (BSP).However, IATA said the airline is still a member of the global body which is the clearing house for over 250 airlines.  IATA Area Manager, South West Africa, Dr, Samson Fatokun, said yesterday that the organisation is working with the new management of Arik to resolve the development.BSP was designed to facilitate the selling, reporting and remitting procedures of IATA Accredited Passenger Sales Agents, as well as improve financial control and cash flow for BSP airlines.

Arik: I Have Initiated Settlement with AMCON, Arumemi-Ikhide Tells Court


The Chairman of Arik Air, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, has informed Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos that he has initiatedsettlement discussions with the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) on how to resolve the takeover of the airline by the corporation.
Arumemi-Ikhide, who was represented by his counsel, Mr. Babajide Koku (SAN), consequently, requested an adjournment to enable parties explore settlement.
AMCON had penultimate week, taken over the management of the airline by appointed a receiver manager due to its indebtedness to the tune of N263.7 billion.
The takeover was consequent upon an ex-parte granted the corporation by the court.
When the case came up before the court last Tuesday for hearing of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed by AMCON and the Receiver Manager through their lawyer, Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi (SAN), Koku informed the court that he had filed two applications before the court namely: An application dated February 15, 2017, seeking an order striking out or dismissing the claim for being incompetent, or alternatively, an order discharging or setting aside the ex-parte order made on February 8, 2017.

Arik Air Writes Her Numeorus Customers

Dear Valued Customer,


Following our review over the last few days, and some adjustments on our schedule, we have made arrangements to ensure regular, on-time and normal operations henceforth.
The disruptions experienced by our loyal customers in the last couple of weeks is highly regrettable and we plead for your understanding and continuous patronage as the new management is determined to serve you better.

We hereby reiterate our commitment to offering a quality airline adhering and operating a great customer experience at the highest operational standards.
(This message was released to the media by the airline on Wednesday 22 February ,2017

Helicopter Service from Kaduna to Abuja Available During Airport Closure

Two Presidential Helicopters been 
Helicopter services are now available for passengers who do not wish to travel from Kaduna to Abuja by road after the closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.
The federal government had earlier announced the closure of the Abuja airport, with plans to redirect flights to Kaduna airport, for a period of six weeks, to allow repair works on the airport runway.
The move has raised many security concerns for travellers, who prefer swift landing in Abuja, and would love to avoid the two-hour journey from Kaduna to Abuja.
For these travellers, some aviation agencies are swift to the rescue. The companies have begun advertising various options for travellers.
One of such offers is a 45-minute trip for passengers via the AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky 92 helicopters at N49,999.
Trump’s travel ban: Groups in U.S. plan to help Nigerians
President Donald Trump.
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The Nigerian community says it is prepared to legally defend any Nigerian traveller coming to the US if targeted by immigration officials. President Donald Trump is expected to roll out new immigration rules on Friday.
Already, the Nigerian Lawyers Association and the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigeria (OAN), two influential Nigerian community associations in the U.S., have embarked on sensitisation of Nigerians who have relatives travelling to the U.S. On Monday, the groups organised two sessions of teleconferences with many Nigerians calling in to seek further clarifications on the travel ban.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Season of Court-Induced Takeover Hits Nigeria Aviation

This is not the best of times for Nigerian airlines. As it stands, none is immune to turbulence.

In recent times ,trouble has been moving from one airline to the other and for those airlines that are yet to encounter trouble, it seems to be a matter of time.

On February 9 2017,the world was greeted with the news of the takeover of Nigeria,s largest airline; Arik Air, by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON)due prolonged debt issue following an injuction from the court.
Also, on February 14 2017,  AMCON took over Odengene Air-Shuttle Services (OAS) Helicopters in Lagos over alleged indebtedness  following a court order as well. OAS is one of the leading helicopter chatter service companies in the country. 

It was also the same AMCON that in year 2016 took over and is now Nigeria's oldest domestic airline; Aero Contractors in 2016.
However, all the affected airlines share one thing in common:they were among the airlines that benefited from the intervention fund released to domestic airlines during the era of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The question now is :which Nigerian airline is not owing? Is AMCON going to float its own airline with these acquisitions? What are the other airlines doing to ensure that the same fate that befell Aero, Arik and OAS does not befall them? This is indeed a time of deeper reflections for owners and operators of airlines in Nigeria.
 I do not want to express pessimism over these takeovers but I just hope AMCON will revive the airlines as promised. It is a matter of time for the true picture will be clear.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Arik Air Introduces Special Valentine Fares

Valentine is around the corner and a lot of organisations are introducing freebies. One of such organisations is Nigeria's largest airline; Arik Air.
Arik Air  is giving away one complimentary flight ticket for every ticket purchased this valentine season as part of a series of sales promotions to celebrate the airline’s 10th anniversary.
Arik Air said in a statement that "The first among the planned offers is the special Valentine promo fare which is available from 31 January, 2017. Customers can take advantage of this offer by buying one return ticket to any destination within Nigeria and then get another return ticket free for their loved one.
The offer is open for purchase on or before 14 February, 2017. To make this super flexible, convenient and to give adequate time for customers to plan their getaways with their loved ones, the offer permits the first sector to be travelled anytime until 28 February, 2017 while the return sector can be completed on or before 31 March, 2017"
"Customers wishing to take advantage of this special Valentine offer can buy their tickets by calling the airline’s Call Centre on 01-2799999 or at any Arik Air Airport or City Ticketing Office".