Business Arik Air Keeps Passengers Waiting in Kaduna Airport For Four Days


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Several passengers, including children, were stranded at Kaduna International Airport since on Tuesday following the failure of Arik Airlines to airlift them as scheduled.


Some of the disappointed passengers made the complaint to the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, at the airport during the on-the-spot assessment of the facilities on ground at the airport.

They lamented that they had been in the airport since Tuesday just to board Arik air from Kaduna to Lagos to no avail without any explanation or apology from the airline officials.

One of the passengers who gave her name as Mrs Nkenna with her three kids said that she and her family should have travelled to Lagos on Tuesday.

She said the airline had cancelled the flight without prior notification, adding that it had been the same experience in the last four days.

She said, “I and my family including our children are being stranded at Kaduna Airport by Arik Airline.

“I don’t know what to do because the airline did not give us any prior notice to the cancellation of the flight; no SMS, no email.

“We have been coming to the airport everyday since on Tuesday hoping to board only for an official of the airline to tell us on Friday that we will board on Saturday.

Another affected passengers, Mrs Janet Oyedele, expressed her frustration with the airline, saying she was not aware of the cancellation of the flight until she got to the airport.

Reacting to the four-day cancellation of flight, Arik Air Communications Manager, Mr Ola Adebanji, attributed the cancellation to fuel scarcity and bad weather.

On whether there would be any form of compensation for the passengers, he said he was not aware of that.