Arik Airline Limited lands in fresh trouble

All seem not be going down well with Nigeria’s premier domestic carrier, Arik Airline.

Just last week, the airline’s operations were grounded as staff took to industrial claiming negligence on the part of the company’s administration.

Passengers were stranded across all major airports in the country.

But for the intervention of stakeholders, the industrial action may have continued.

Just as the company was grappling with the after of the strike action by her employees, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has slammed the airline a hefty fine.

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NCCA fined Arik Air N6m over its passengers’ complaints of delay.

They were also fined due to the inability of the airline to ferry their luggage from London to in the first week of December 2016.

The airline was also directed to pay each affected passenger, the sum of $150 as compensation.

The compensation is for inconveniences suffered as a result of the delayed arrival of their luggage.

Arik Airline is to pay the said amount within 30 days of issuance of the notice.

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The NCAA disclosed the sanction in a statement on Tuesday by its Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye.

The Letter with reference no. NCAA/DG/CSLA/RM/1-06/16/439 was dated 22nd December 2016.

The said letter determined that Arik Air violated Parts of the laws governing the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.

It added that the airline flouted its orders to freight all backlog of short-landed luggage to Lagos within 48 hours.

The orders were given to it during a meeting on December 6, 2016.

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“Similarly, the carrier declined to offer care.

“A compensation of $150 was unanimously agreed to be paid to each passenger.

“The airline did not inform the passengers that their checked-in baggage would be off-loaded as required by law,” the NCAA said.