We’re not un­der fi­nan­cial stress – Arik Air

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

Arik Air yesterday de­nied claim in some quar­ters that the air­line is fac­ing fi­nan­cial strain.

“We would like to once again state that the air­line is not un­der any ab­nor­mal fi­nan­cial or op­er­a­tional dif­fi­cul­ties and wish to as­sure pas­sen­gers of the high level of safety and cus­tomer ser­vice that we have been pro­vid­ing since in­cep­tion in 2006,” the air­line said.

In a state­ment, the air­line’s man­age­ment con­demned re­ports pub­lished re­cently by a site al­leg­ing that the air­line was in fi­nan­cial trou­ble and may be go­ing bank­rupt.

But the man­age­ment de­scribed the re­port as “false and ma­li­cious”, adding it was mas­ter­minded by “flyby-night so­cial media sites try­ing to ride on the pop­u­lar­ity and huge fol­low­er­ship of Arik Air to at­tract at­ten­tion or rel­e­vance to their sites”.

It added, “These har­bin­gers of bad news, in their sense­less sen­sa­tion­al­ism and quack jour­nal­ism, would stop at noth­ing, in­clud­ing pulling down na­tional in­sti­tu­tions and icons, in or­der to achieve their nar­row pe­cu­niary in­ter­ests and those of their des­per­ate spon­sors. Arik Air is not de­terred by this smear cam­paign. The air­line has been steadily op­er­at­ing over 100 flights on a daily ba­sis, which are be­ing in­creased to 110 from the on­set of the win­ter sea­son”.

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