BY Lawani Mikairu & Daniel Eteghe
Arik and IRS airlines have suspended flight operations to Kaduna Airport due to the curfew imposed on the state. It will be recalled that the state government had, Sunday, imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna State because of multiple attacks on churches in Kaduna and Zaria by the Boko Haram Islamist sect.
Managing Director of IRS Airlines, Mr. yemi Dada, in an interview with journalists, said the suspension was necessary due to the curfew imposed by the sate government.
He explained that the airline had suspended operations to the airport since Sunday when the curfew was announced, but assured that immediately the curfew was relaxed, the airline would commence flight to the state.
Mr. Dada said IRS had since begun the refund process to passengers, while those who wanted to reschedule their flights were allowed to do so.
Also, at the General Aviation Terminal,GAT, Lagos, where Arik Air operates its domestic flights, the airline staff were not selling tickets to Kaduna. A source close to the airline explained that the airline would start flights to the state when there are clear indications that the curfew has been relaxed.
The airline was also seen refunding money to passengers who had booked flights to Kaduna, while some deferred their flights till normalcy returns to the state.