Arik Air on Saturday resumed domestic operation following an emergency meeting convened by the Federal Government to resolve the dispute between the airline company, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Ministry of Aviation.
The meeting was chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and had in attendance the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Hope Uzodinma and the Chairperson, House Committee on Aviation, Nkeiruka Onyejoacha.
Briefing journalist at the end of the meeting, Mr Anyim said the meeting lasted for about two hours and that all issues in contention were discussed and resolved.
“A roadmap for smooth working together for both parties was also agreed upon,” he said.
He further said “We use the opportunity to appeal to both parties to ensue every provocation that may have arisen as a result of this unfortunate misunderstanding. Accordingly, all the exchange of accusation and allegations are of no consequence.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Aviation and the management of Arik Air, we apologise to all travellers for the inconvenience this unfortunate misunderstanding may have caused them.
“We are therefore pleased to announce that Arik Air can now resume operations,” Mr Anyim said.
Arik air and the aviation agencies were in disagreement over an alleged N7 billion debt being money owed the airport authority by the airliner.