Arik Air: Airline reportedly shuts down operations

An Arik Air plane

The oil marketers refused to supply the airline fuel – Jet A1, saying it is owing N3b to all its suppliers.

Arik Air’s operations has been shut down following its inability to settle the debt it is owing major oil marketers, reports say.

According to Sahara Reporters, the oil marketers refused to supply the airline fuel – Jet A1, saying it is owing N3b to all its suppliers.

Also, there are insinuations that Arik Air’s insurers in Europe have withdrawn, thereby, further incapacitating operations.

A stranded passenger, Chris Amokwu, who spoke to Sahara Reporters around 1pm, said his 7:30 am flight to Abuja is has not come up.

Amokwu also said Arik Air explained that the reason for the shut down of operations was its inability to get fuel, and poor weather conditions.

The spokesman of the airline, Ola Adebanji, however told newsmen that he is not aware of the situtation.

Reports also confirmed that other local airlines were operating, contrary to the reason by Arik, that there is scarcity of Jet A1 fuel.

Arik Air’s suspension of operations brings the number to three, following Aero Contractors and First Nation’s closure.

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