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Arik Air suspends domestic operations

21-Sep-2012 12:11 PM

Arik Air cancelled all domestic flights on 20-Sep-2012, according to the carrier's website. The airline stated the cancellation was due to action by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at Lagos International Airport. According to reports from local sources including AP, PANA and SAPA, the airline cancelled flights indefinitely due to interference with its operations at the airport by FAAN employees over a financial dispute. FAAN reportedly denied involvement in the industrial action. According to Business Day, FAAN stated, "members of the industrial unions in the aviation industry carried out an industrial action, which entailed the disruption of Arik Airlines’ flights, allegedly to recover debts owed by the airline to various agencies in the industry".