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Arik Air has on Thursday been shut down by Aviation unions, Premium Times report says.

The unions, which include the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, on Wednesday threatened to shut down the airline following Arik management’s failure to reinstate its sacked members.


The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria on February 9 took over Arik as a result of the airline’s bad debt to the company and other creditors. AMCON, thereafter appointed Roy Ilegbodu as manager of the airline.

But Olayinka Abioye, General Secretary, NUATE, while speakng on Wednesday in Lagos, accused the new management of intolerance to unionism.

Mr. Abioye alleged that the new management, through a recent circular, warned the workers not to join the unions in the industry and had refused to address all the pending issues affecting the workers.

Staff of the airline on Thursday shut down its operations, as the entrance of the airline’s office at the Lagos airport was barricaded.

“We will resist all forms of intimidation,” a staff of the airline told PREMIUM TIMES.