Nigeria stops Arik Air from firing 300 staff, justifies 100% hike in air travels

Nigeria says the 300 staff of Arik Air who were reportedly fired recently by the airline had not been relieved of their jobs based on the intervention of government.

The government adds that over 100% hike in domestic airfares was inevitable, describing it as one of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Musa Nuhu, disclosed this in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He said, “As regards ticket prices, yes ticket prices have gone up astronomically over the last week or so. That is one of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aviation, tourism and travel industry is one of the most devastated industries.

“Because we had a shutdown for several months, the airlines were not making money and there are fixed cost that they have to deal with.

“They have to maintain the aircraft and unfortunately most of these aircraft are maintained outside the country.

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