GROUNDED: Nigeria’s Arik Air suspends domestic flights; alleges Aviation Minister Oduah has clashing financial interest against Arik.
Nigeria’s top airline grounds all domestic flights
(AFP) Lagos: Nigeria’s biggest airline Arik Air on Thursday grounded its domestic flights following a dispute with aviation officials, further complicating the country’s troubled airline sector, officials said.
The commercial passenger carrier said it was forced to shut down after staff from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) locked a boarding a gate early Thursday, blocking checked-in passengers from accessing their flight in Lagos.
A company statement said FAAN staff were acting on instructions from Nigerian aviation officials who have grievances with Arik.
It did not name any individuals, but cited the “the persistent hostility of the Ministry of Aviation and (FAAN)”.
“Trouble started for Arik due to the airline’s inability to meet the personal demands of certain influential person(s) in the industry,” the statement said, without offering specifics.
Those persons on Thursday “resorted to using FAAN staff”, said the statement from the carrier that identified itself as the largest airline in West Africa.
“They locked the boarding gate and prevented passengers from getting to the aircraft and were making false announcements of unimaginable sums of money they claimed Arik owed.”
“This is only a calculated attempt to punish the airline and tarnish its image,” the statement added.
The head of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Harold Demuren, told AFP earlier that his office planned to intervene to help resolve the dispute, which he said was linked to disagreements over “landing fees”.
“Arik Air has no option than to suspend all domestic operations until further notice,” said the statement signed by Arik managing director Chris Ndulue.
Nigerian domestic air travel had already been complicated following Air Nigeria’s decision to suspend operations earlier this month.
Dana Air has not yet resumed flights two weeks after Nigeria lifted a suspension slapped on the commercial carrier when one of its planes crashed in Lagos in June, killing at least 159 people in one of the country’s worst air disasters. Nigerian domestic airlines also include Aero and IRS.
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Trump looks foolish and crazy screaming about Obama’s birth certificates, college records and Muslim connection. By Raynard Jackson
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USAfrica: Ikemba ODUMEGWU OJUKWU’s farewell in Aba, today February 28, 2012, reflected a fitting tribute, historically meaningful celebration, proper regard and deserving appreciation of the greatest Igbo, in my opinion, to have ever lived (like him or hate him).
I SALUTE Aba (aka Enyimba city), the robust and fearless town I was born, bred and raised, for giving the Ikemba, our Ochiagha, Gburugburu, Oka oburu uzo, dike na ndu ma n’onwu, mgbadike anyi, a hero’s farewell.
To the Ikemba, may your valiant soul rest in peace and dignity.
We will, and I, Chido Nwangwu, will never forget to continue to tell my generation and the next about your towering courage through tempest and thunder; through sorrow, pain, tears, blood….
•Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn.