Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, has resumed all domestic flights, after a dispute was settled with an airport union which blocked the domestic boarding gates on Thursday, preventing hundreds of passengers from travelling.
The row was sparked because Arik Air had not been paying its fees for using airport facilities, according to some reports.
The Nigerian Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) raided the airline’s operations, blocking the check in counters and chaining the boarding gates for three days, which resulted in the cancellation of flights from Lagos.
International flights were said to be unaffected.
However, in a new development the company has issued a statement confirming that the dispute had now been resolved and that customers can now book tickets for Nigerian flights.
A statement on the company website claims: “We are happy to inform our passengers that all domestic flights will resume from tomorrow Sunday 23 September.
“We invite our respected guests to book their tickets now. Thank you for flying Arik Air.”
Earlier this month, Arik Air revealed it had hit a passenger milestone by carrying ten million passengers since it began operating in 2006.
This year Arik has transported over 1.5 million passengers across its expanding network of 20 domestic,10 regional and three long-haul destinations.