If there is one airline that has had a very rough few years, it is Arik Air Nigeria. I’m not one for kicking a dog while its down but a friend sent me a message inquiring about flights to Jos from Lagos. And that was how the conversation on Arik air and their mishaps came up. We shared personal experiences and I couldn’t believe some of the things he said so I thought I’d share mine with you.
Sometime in October 2015, My friend was getting married in Nnenni … which is somewhere East of Nigeria… and about 20 other friends and I had to fly to Asaba via Arik Air. Upon departing Lagos, nothing un-usual other than the 2 to 3 hr delay by the airline. But when we were returning after the Wedding…… the usual 3 hr delay turned into (wait for it……..) “come back tomorrow”. No alternative, no apologies… nothing! The Arik staff just disappeared from the airport in the blink of an eye. You can only imagine the looks across the faces of the passengers. Trust me, You didn’t want to be in their midst.
Let’s not forget that I was the Travel Agent that booked about 20 to 25 of the bride and grooms friends on this flight. So when everyone heard the airport was closing they gave me that “what are you gonna do about it” look. But even I couldn’t get over the announcement. We had to find the nearest hotel in Asaba and in the morning, we turned this mishap into a nice long road trip back to Lagos.
After I told my friend this story, I apparently didn’t have it as bad as the lady who didn’t get her luggage which included her wedding dress a few days to her wedding…. I can’t even imagine the nightmare.
The brave ones even fly Arik Air to London or New york. I’ve claimed a mountain and jumped from a sky scraper but I’m still NOT bold enough to fly Arik air out of Nigeria.
I’m trying hard not to come across as bashful towards Arik air but they just failed their passenger too many times. As a travel agent I didn’t have confidence in their product and as a customer I didn’t get value for my money.
I’m sure a lot of you have stories on your experience with Arik Air. Please share your favourite stories with us, I think we can finally laugh it off.