The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has asked Arik Airline to pay a fine of N6m for the delay and inability to ferry its passengers’ luggage from London to Lagos on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December, 2016.
The airline was also directed to pay each affected passenger, the sum of $150 as compensation for inconveniences suffered on the delayed arrival of their luggage.
A statement on Tuesday by NCAA’s General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye disclosed that the agency had in a Letter of Sanction with reference no.NCAA/DG/CSLA/RM/1-06/16/439 dated 22nd December, 2016, concluded that Arik Air Limited was in violation of Part 19.7.2 and 184.108.40.206 (ii) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.
Adurogboye said that the airline disregarded its orders to freight all backlog of short-landed luggage to Lagos within 48 hours, which was given during a meeting with representatives of the airline on December 6, 2016.
He said that, “Similarly, the carrier declined to offer care and compensation to the affected passengers which were unanimously agreed for $150. In addition, the airline did not inform the passengers at the soonest practicable time that their checked-in baggage would be off-loaded as required by Part 19.7.2 of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs),2015.”