Saturday , 13 August 2022

EndSARS Protests: Arik Air, Dana announce return to operation

AIRLINES using the Lagos airport as operational hub have restarted flight services to various degrees following the ease up of violence in certain areas of the country during the hijacked #EndSARS peaceful protest.

Airlines using Lagos as their hub points on Wednesday and Thursday announced flights cancellations due to the curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government necessitated by the #EndSARS protest rocking the nation.

However, today airlines including Dana Air, Arik Air and Azman Air as at the time of the publication have reached out to their passengers and potentials telling them of the status change.

Arik Air which said it resumed lean operations today Friday, October 23 to some destinations where there are no curfews.

A stamens by Arik spokesman, Adebanji Ola read,”Specifically, the airline said it has started operating flights from its second hub in Abuja to Port Harcourt, Ilorin, Benin, Kano and Yola.

“On Friday, Arik Air will operate one flight each from Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja to Port Harcourt, Ilorin and Kano. Also, on Saturday, the airline will operate one flight each from Abuja to Port Harcourt, Benin and Yola.

Dana Air on its part announced a resumption of full operations from October 24 stating that all tickets within the period of the curfew remain valid and can be rescheduled free.

A notification from Dana Air read,”Following our earlier announcement on cancellation, we are pleased to inform you that we will resume full flight operations from tomorrow the 24th of October 2020.

“All tickets within the period of the curfew remain valid and can be rescheduled for free by sending an email to [email protected] or a chat to our WhatsApp number 07051190363

“Once again our heart goes out to our brothers and sisters who lost lives and properties during the protest.

Recall some airlines had to cancel flights augmented by curfews imposed on various states by the government including Lagos,Edo State, Delta State government following violent protests in those states.

Already, Arik Air had cancelled flights when the Lagos state government had initially issued a curfew for 24 hours announced cancellation of flights for the 21st of October, 2020.

Dana Air also followed suit issuing messages to its customers and potential passengers cancelling all scheduled flights for 22nd, 23rd and 24th of October, 2020.

Azman Air has also announced commencement of its Lagos and Benin schedule which was shut due to the pandemonium in those states.

The airline in a notification said it will start from Sunday, October 25, 2020 and would reschedule tickets on flights at no extra cost to the passengers.

However, life seems to be gradually returning to the skies.

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