Arik Air passengers were left stranded and frustrated on Friday morning when they arrived the airport to catch their local flight only to be told activities have been grounded.

Cabin crew members were on strike; the action caught both the company and its customers unawares and had the exact effect they wanted.

The strike began around 6.00 am when passengers were trying to board their flights at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

It was a similar scenario across the country.

In less than 12 hours, the company now says it had resolved its dispute with its workers who earlier embarked on strike.

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The airline made the confirmation in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Mr Ola Adebanji, in Lagos.

Adebanji said the work-to-rule action by its cabin crew disrupted the airline’s flights out of Lagos for some hours.

“The dispute has been resolved amicably and our operations are now back to normal with flights leaving for their destinations with minimum delays.

“We assure our customers, especially those traveling during this festive season that we will do our best to ensure they get to their destinations safely,” he said.

While apologising for the disruption in operations, Adebanji noted that the unfortunate event was a temporary setback to the new Arik brand.

He added that measures had been put in place to ensure hitch-free operations during the remaining period of the Yuletide.

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