Arik Air has postponed its Lagos- JFK International Airport flight for 48 hours due to weather information indicating that a winter storm (Jonas) is brewing in the United States airspace.
Flights from today Friday has been postponed till Sunday to allow this inclement weather pass for the safety of the passengers.
The winter storm, the first major winter storm of 2016 has prompted severe warnings because of a forecast for intense winds and an unusually high amount of snow which is seemingly crippling activities across its path.
National weather experts are warning of a potentially “crippling winter storm” bearing down on the eastern US from Friday through Sunday that began forming quickly late Wednesday, with deadly results.
Washington DC is in the bull’s eye of the approaching tempest, but storm conditions ranging from hail and severe thunder to several feet of snow are forecast from Florida to New England.
The capital is braced for white-out conditions with visibility close to zero, and is under a blizzard warning from 3pm on Friday through Sunday morning, with more than 30in of snow and wind gusts up to 50mph expected in places. If the predictions are accurate, snow totals could break a record set in 1922.
Following this weather advice, Arik Air has announced its regrets,” to inform all its passengers that the Lagos – New York flight for Friday 22nd January has been rescheduled tentatively to 11:30pm (local time) on Sunday 24th January, 2016. “
“This 48-hour postponement is intended to allow the dangerous winter storm (Jonas) and snow condition to clear before the flight’s entry into the United States airspace.
Arik Air regrets the inconvenience caused by this postponement which is highly regretted, but the safety of passengers is of upper-most importance to the airline.”
“We would update passengers and confirm our next flight by 6pm Saturday, 23rd January, 2016.
Passengers may also call the following numbers at any time for update: +234 1-2799999, +234 807 7793 503, +234 807 7793 504.”