As a responsible corporate organization and in a move that is not common in the country, the management of Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading airline has come out openly to explain to its patrons the reason behind the recent temporary adjustment in its scheduled operations.
The airline in a statement issued yesterday by Mr. Adebanji Ola, the Public Relations and Communications Manager, Arik Air Limited said Arik carried out adjustment on its scheduled operations to cope with the exigencies of aircraft that are on mandatory maintenance. The airline’s fleet has witnessed a reduction in number in the last two weeks due to the fact that some aircraft have been flown overseas to Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) in Europe.
Following the huge number of passengers that patronize Arik on daily basis, the management of the airline in order to maintain schedule integrity and ensure flights depart on time, had to cut down on the number of flights operated daily. But most importantly explain the development to Arik flyers in a most pro-active manner.
The airline further stated that as a safety conscious airline, it takes aircraft maintenance very seriously. It however assures its customers that the aircraft will start returning from maintenance in the next few days while scheduled operations will be back to normal in a couple of weeks.
Captain Roy Ilegbodu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Arik Air, further stated that, “We regret any inconveniences that our customers may suffer due to this schedule adjustment. We are almost done with the checks and our customers will start seeing the effect with improved services.” The airline passionately appealed to its customers to bear with it at this period while assuring that their safety and comfort will not be compromised.