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



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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,

ARIK AIR COMMITS TO SAFE AND RELIABLE OPERATIONS

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

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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.