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Friday, 27 March 2015

Photos: Arik Air passesngers stranded at UK Heathrow airport for 2 days

According to passengers of Arik Air who reached out to LIB, they said they have been stuck at UK's Heathrow Airport since Wednesday March 25th because the airline cancelled their flights to Nigeria on both Wednesday and Thursday nights. Some of the passengers are stuck with children. Right is the bus that Arik provided to take the passengers to a hotel they provided where they can stay until a plane was available to bring them to Nigeria This was about 4am early this morning. One passenger said he was traveling back to Nigeria to vote but Arik is making it difficult.

They said the airline hasn't told them when they'll be traveling and they also offer no-refund policy. Most say they are angry and exhausted. More photos after the cut..



96 comments:

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Chai....na wa o

@lwkmd_naija - follow on instagram/twitter said...

Arik= 0 reputation. Lindaobserve

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Oghene bikooooooo

wilheminna moses said...

Abego de shud allow dem come back.....am sure de ae coming to vote 4 d right man. GEJ

prettiyz said...

What the hell, two whole days

Subomi said...

soo home and abroad this Arik is useless

angela akadakpo said...

Na wa ooo, on top ds election matter its alrty.

Adafi 97 said...

Something must be done on this intenational disgrace. They should stop running international flight and concentrate on their local business is it a most?
Am sick and tired of this airline

igwe Adaobi said...

So its is not only naija that this kind things happen

Oyibo said...

I think Arik Air should be scrapped.

Anonymissie said...

I wonder y people still patronise Arik despite their incompetence.

Anonymous said...

The last time I patronized Arik was in 2012, the flight to London was delayed for more than two hours. No apology from the crew. I vowed NEVER to have anything to do with thme again. They are INEFFICIENT.

Anonymous said...

Come and vote na

Ibrahim Ahmed said...

Ayaah ema bi nu, koni suru

.............*****PRAY4NIGERIA*****..............

tamara splash said...

Awwwww. Ndo nu

Juliet Iwuno said...

Arik don really finish themselves with all this rubbish they are doing. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Arik don really finish themselves with all this rubbish they are doing. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Arik don really finish themselves with all this rubbish they are doing. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Arik don really finish themselves with all this rubbish they are doing. Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

That's why u fly ba,Virgin,klm anything made in Nigeria is a set back

Ibrahim Ahmed said...

Ayaah ema bi nu, koni suru

.............*****PRAY4NIGERIA*****..............

Harmony Best said...

Who flies Arik to Nigeria? Never. What happens to BA? Looking for cheap flights, now see what they got themselves into. Will rather not go to Nigeria than fly Arik Air. Nonsense

OGUNDIRAN OYINDAMOLA said...

Jona no wan make den come vote now. Make dem kuku stay 4 der o cos we wey dey here na by God's grace o. Der security over der 100% yl here is 20%. Na God dey secure us 4 here

CHERRY said...

Too bad!

OGUNDIRAN OYINDAMOLA said...

Jona no wan make den come vote now. Make dem kuku stay 4 der o cos we wey dey here na by God's grace o. Der security over der 100% yl here is 20%. Na God dey secure us 4 here

nwokolo nkechi said...

Arik av probs mehn,, they shud av flown British Airways

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Wow! A little patience so dat they can resolve any hitches hidering their going to their destinations. Most times tins happen lik dis happen to avert dangers ahead.

Anonymous said...

They shud sue their pants off.that airline is incorrigible.

hawtness redifined said...

Arik air is becoming a white elephant oh... linda nwa ikeji ekenem gi.

Anonymous said...

Not to sound unpatriotic, why would I risk my life and use arik on international flights? The local wing has set the precedence for mismanagement it's only a matter of time before their international flight become as bad.

chuks okorie said...

Travelling to vote ke? Na beta lie

Anonymous said...

Why dem self go enter arik, every one knws arik is one of the worse airline now, virgin any day for me.

Ngozi Ugochukwu said...

What the hell is wrong with Arik? First it was an over booked local flight and now, it's a delay for 2days. This is too bad! They shouldn't delay us next week too o! Hmmmmmmmmm

chinwe uba said...

Treating pple with disrespect

haastrup rowland said...

The government knows most of the Nigerians in diaspora need change, hence won't make the flight possible

Anonymous said...

Nigerian airlines doing international routes their history have never worked. Stick with BA and co. Unpatriotic I know but putting people through this? I have heard of other horror stories.

Anonymous said...

Arik has terrible service even with all the money they are charging smh

christie benjamin said...

Its normal to be angry in dis case
This kinda disappointment can
Be frustrating too

Anonymous said...

I wonder why people still use this airline,when all we hear is tales of disappointments,cancelled flights bad services in general.

Chikaka said...

Why anyone will use Arik to fly abroad is a mystery to me. Add some more money and buy a Virgin Atlantic or BA ticket. Even the other non-direct flights like KLM, Air France and yes, Lufthansa are much better.

Anonymous said...

im sorry but why fly arik from uk and abroad if you have better options. well i know why..all cos of 32kg. and u will suffer...na never

joejoe omoh said...

Go back to ur houses when UK is doing election vote there, we here are enof 2 make any candidate win

Anonymous said...

Na wa! .Arik dey fold person hand oo. Kai!

Omoye Zenki Moye Brown said...

Arik Arik Arik.....




Moye says so via BB Passport...Courtesy LIB....

MY TURN said...

Arik should be WARNED... their excesses are getting tooo much. Last time we were delayed from 10pm to 3am with NO FREAKING APOLOGY.

Ngozi Ugochukwu said...

What the hell is wrong with Arik? First it was an over booked local flight and now, it's a delay for 2days. This is too bad! They shouldn't delay us next week too o! Hmmmmmmmmm

princess said...

I wonder why pple. Flly arik. Internationallly

Edem victor said...

What's wrong with Arik?


OKORO UPGRADED**

Titilayo Adegoke said...

This airline is a joke. I don't know those people that still get on it. Arik airline need to get out of this business.

Bimposhvilla oluwaseun said...

Why can't they stay where they are, all dis stress just to vote then they are nt well

blackbeauty said...

Kai Arik, una reputation don finish ooo......bad press equals bad bizness......

Obiefule Obinna said...

Deariz God oooo!

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

So touching, and pathetic. D pains, and agony of waiting endlessly.

Anonymous said...

Nobody is stopping Arik now o, despite all the complains, the government has kept mute. The next thing you will hear is a plane crash and we start blaming the devil.

Anonymous said...

Asshole point of correction, arik is not cheap

LAURAAUJ KAHI said...

its better to be late than never. wishing them Safe arrival.

Anonymous said...

Odilis airline

israel david said...

Arik Again??? Dey should just ban dis airline joor..

Anonymous said...

Lmao

Anonymous said...

Wat are dey coming to do in nigeria? We dat we're here, we're still looking for hw to run...

Anonymous said...

I thought arik was a local nigerian airline? they fly international? who the hell would fly arik? arik? very stupid name too.

Anonymous said...

Agbaya jobless woman. No go cook for ur husband. And make ur life productive. Dey one small girl blog Wey don make billions dey talk everyday.

Christt Odu said...

I Think this has something to do with politics.

seunLondon said...

I no fit!!! Virgin all the way ...#SeunLondon

Anonymous said...

Arik should diversify to danfo and Molue driving.
Flying appears too hi-tech for them. I hear they serve pako biscuit and over-diluted fanta on local flights! Eewwww!

Emilia Anaedo said...

Now they are doing this reward card program, giving free miles as long as u keep flying with them. I don't even know where I threw mine. They've given me like 20 already but I can't sign up for that bullshit, cod I try to avoid flying arik every now and then.

dami llionaire said...

Coming home to vote ke!

aloysius anne said...

bad business

Anonymous said...

Monkey!

Anonymous said...

This excesses of so called Arik are getting too much. I expericed the same with them in year 2009 .we ought to leave for niger at 11pm but we left at 430am instead the next day and worst part was that they never brought our luggages to Lagos.we were told to come back the next day for our luggages.

ary said...

Waiting to see how the parties will use this to their advantage or blame it on the other.

Victoria said...

Am not a fan of Arik air cos I' ve had my share of their irregularity, but this delay is due to the closure of the nigerian borders for election. If Arik were an organized body they won't have sold tickets for these days. Still their error sha

Anonymous said...

Linda,go ahead and kill somebody's business with your imbalanced reports.You will reap the fruit of your labour.

Anonymous said...

Very bad...

Nikeh El' said...

Lol. Arik has really got a bad rep, they ought to be grounded.

Anonymous said...

Typical Arik Air. The last time I travelled with Arik the flight was cancelled with no explanation nor apology. We slept at the airport . By most EU regulations passengers are entitled to claim for compensation. Take them to an ombudsman

Anonymous said...

Go online and find out how to claim for compensation. You need to put in claim for compensation. Don't wait for Arik

Juliet Godwin said...

Lol...funny u @Anonymous 1:01pm

PRETTY GIRL said...

Arik Arik! Always them,SMH

Anonymous said...

I fly ARIK to patronise a Nigerian-owned airline and for the convenience of flying direct between NY and Lagos. I might need to reconsider and live with the inconvenience of flying via Europe with more reliable and customer-friendly airlines. Such a shame though. Last time I was in Lagos they lost power at the airport and ARIK's computer system had no backup and took almost an hour to restart check-in again! Couple with non-functioning entertainment systems, out of order toilets (even for a flight originating from Lagos) for a 10 hour flight etc, I'm seriously thinking of switching. I wonder if the CEO or their PR department read these comments.

Anonymous said...

That's what you get, when you are cheap. You saw Virgin Atlantic there, you went for awoof. Penny wise pound foolish.

Anonymous said...

Demand your money back and if they refused, take them to small claims court here in UK. I have experienced similar situation like this before and I was not happy with their service so I took them to small claims court whereby judgement was in my favour.

Anonymous said...

Inside information.. Aril is going broke and having financial issues.

Pat Lib said...

These Arik people are pathetic. That's how they delayed their flight from JFK New York to Nigeria . You travel with them and you find your bags torn at baggage claim.


Will never advice anyone to travel with them. Especially international flight.

Pat Lib said...

I pray ooo. The way they are going, you can never be too sure with them. If you have an alternative, you better start thinking of how to use that.
Wish you well.

Anonymous said...

Arik is forever useless. I flew Arik to London in 2012 from Abuja, booked a return ticket and on returning, I was taken to Lagos instead of Abuja without being informed. Bad experience overall. I avoid Arik like a plague.

Moonstone said...

Arik is so effing up ooo

Redcandy said...

It has nothing to do with politics. Arik has ALWAYS been messed up. I wonder why people are just speaking up. In 2011, they did the same thing to my hubby who was travelling from New York to Lagos. He bought a return ticket and the first leg was fine but the return leg became problematic. They said their fuel tank was leaking and put my hubby and others in a hotel for 2 days. They did the same thing to my sister in 2012. The same excuse of leaking fuel tank and kept her also for 2 days in a hotel with other passengers. It was one of the staff who told us confidentially that they do that when the flight is not full enough to make money for them. So they tell u a bogus excuse and put u in a hotel till more bookings come in. They would rather spend less money housing you in a hotel for a few days than fly an empty plane where they will still be required to pay for other airport services and lose both ways. No be today o. E don tey.

Anonymous said...

My dear, my sis flew to Nigeria with virgin from same heathrow on the same wednesday so that's not an excuse!

Anonymous said...

At Abuja airport, yesterday people were checked in for an Arik air 9:00am Ibadan flight. By 6pm they were still there. No explanations. Nothing Eventually they had to leave the airport

Anonymous said...

Useless people, when they dissapoint thier customers abroad they will put them in a hotel, but when they do the same in Nigeria the customers can go to hell. My nephew slept on the floor of the airport when Arik disappointed on the Lagos joburg route.Govt shld scrap the airline.

Anonymous said...

ARIK Boss sponsored GEJs campaign in 2011 and since then has enjoyed protection from the presidency. NCAA and other aviation have tried to curb their excesses but always get overruled from above.
Scenarios like this happen daily on Arik operations and will continue to occur as long as the current government is in power. Frequent flyers and aviation insiders will corroborate.

Anonymous said...

Could they not have partnered with another airline? They don't do any kind of code share? When buy Nigeria goes wrong.

udeze obumneme said...

Na wa o,, arik ur name is going down surprise us

Anonymous said...

My People I greet you all. Let's not over flog this issue. Arik Air is not a bad airline and it's not cheap as people claim. The Staff are experienced, and presents as well trained to meet international standards.. The "stranded" passenger as LIB put it are lodged in decent 4* hotels and in line with EU regulations they have been given compensation award notice to claim for a free return ticket valid for 1year. What more can be done... I know this because I was affected when our flight was affected before the initial scheduled election of 14th February was cancelled. And Arik supported and took cars of all affected passengers.
The underlying problem is that there will be no movement in Nigeria on election day so it is not rocket science for people to calulate and not travel nearer the election day... We Nigerians love to condem quickly but fail to see the other side of the divide. Ldt's stop apportioning blame and pray for our country. I have been stranded in Heathrow Airport during a busy christmas period on a Virgin Flight for 2 days and had to upgrade, paid more to fly on BA to Lagos. These things happen...
Linda Ikeji, you should know the rules of journalism... try get facts before posting any and everything that is sent to you.... have you interviewed Arik spokesperson for their version of e ents?
please stop causing panic and worries for Nigerians as people are worry laden as it is already .. Your blog comes accross as judgemental and one sided especially diring this election period... you need to work on it... This is my candid. and neutral view. ( the truth is bitter but it must be said)...

Thank you.

bowoade faderera said...

This. Arik airline is very stupid and useless



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