Some of Arik Air in Receivership alloted pilgrims taking refuge at a mosque for days due to airline’s inability to airlift them as slated.

Sequel to the ongoing protest in front of the Arik Air in Receivership headquarters, the airline has issued a statement that it would resume airlift within the next 24 hours once it resolves its issues.

The airline equally said it had airlifted 374 of its 10,000 allotted pilgrims for this 2023 hajj.

The airline sought for understanding of all concerned and apologised for the inconvenience the slow pace of airlift  caused the intending pilgrims and all the parties involved.

Its statement read, “The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) selected Arik Air as the carrier to work with the Tour Operators for this year’s hajj exercise. 

“The airline was allocated about 10,000 pilgrims spread across Abuja, Lagos and Kano.

“We commenced the airlift of pilgrims in both Abuja and Lagos on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 and we have carried 374 passengers to date.

“The issues involved in the smooth operation of the airlift are currently being addressed by all parties involved; Arik Air, NAHCON and the Tour Operators.

“We hereby assure the pilgrims that as soon as we resolve the issues within the next 24 hours, the airlift will resume simultaneously in Abuja, Lagos and Kano.

“We appeal for the understanding of all concerned and apologise for the inconvenience the slow pace of airlift may have caused the intending pilgrims and all the parties involved.”

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