The National Association of Pilots and Engineers and other ancillary unions have grounded Arik air services following what they allege is a N12.5bn debt owed the association and other bodies like the NCAA and FAAN.
Members of the association and sundry unions stormed the airport at about 4am this morning and barricaded the old wing of the domestic airport in Ikeja making sure no Arik staff was allowed entry.
They then went ahead to announce their grouse and demand.
“Arik is owing us N12.5bn, but we are ready to accept N2bn as a show of good faith from Arik. If not, we will stay here all week.”
Their protest has left the departure hall in disarray and many Arik passengers, especially those who had booked online, stranded.
“I brought my oga for an 11am flight to Asaba but since we got here, we haven’t been able to check-in,” said Femi.
Arik, which is Nigeria’s number 1 airline in terms of flights and destination, has been accused of not paying staff and not settling dues when they fall due.
The on-going impasse is affecting flights and leaving passengers who bought tickets online in a dire situation especially for those away from home and unable to access funds.