Nigeria’s foremost airline, Arik Air, has spoken about its preparation to resume operations after the COVID-19 pandemic. The Public Relations and Communications of the company, Adebanji Ola, made this known in a message sent to the airline’s customers.
Since March, the Federal government has banned local and international flights in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Although the Federal government said it is considering lifting the ban on flights, it has not given a specific date.
Mr Ola, however, noted that the company is collaborating with other aviation stakeholders to offer better service delivery. “No doubt, the post COVID-19 lockdown will entail lots of sacrifices, changes and new thinking. We assure that your favourite airline, Arik Air will be back and better.”
“As we prepare for the eventual opening of airports for flight operations, we are working closely with agencies such as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. We are also working with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on how to ensure smooth and safe passenger facilitation after COVID-19.”
He also announced that, before flight resumption, the company will embark on enhanced health measures, including disinfecting and decontamination of all our aircraft.
“Other protocols to be put in place for the safety of passengers and staff members will be advised as time goes on.”
Ola said that COVID-19 had brought unprecedented deaths, fear and disruption to lives and businesses not witnessed in recent memory around the globe.
“As a company, scheduled flight operations have remained suspended for the second month running. The impact has been huge on staff members, partner businesses and customers. Consequently, we focused on the health and safety of employees, families, customers and community,” the spokesperson explained.