Nigeria’s biggest airline has released some pilots as a result of the effects of the #Covid19 pandemic.
The airline announced this development via a press statement saying; “The Management of Air Peace wishes to state that it has taken a very painful but rightful decision, in the circumstances the airline has found itself as a result of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations and financial health, to terminate the employment of some of its pilots.”
Nigeria’s airports were opened last month and Air Peace has been reintroducing flights to a number of destinations across Africa most populous country. However traffic remains constrained with many people reluctant to travel, a trend that we have seen across the world.
Covid19 pandemic has left many airlines across the globe in serious turbulences and some bracing for a belly landing. On continued sustainability Air Peace said: “The pandemic has hit every airline worldwide so badly that it has become very impossible for airlines to remain afloat without carrying out internal restructuring of their costs. Anything short of what we have done may lead to the collapse of an airline as could be seen in some places worldwide during this period.”
Air Peace added that:“Therefore, we decided to review the salaries being paid to all staff. The new salaries reflect a 0%-40% cut of the former salary depending on the salary grades of every staff. Even after the cuts, it was obvious that for us to be able to sustain our operations and survive the times, some jobs must inevitably have to go.”
The airline ended the statement by giving hope to the affected pilots with opening a window for them to reapply once business normalizes. “When everything comes back to normal those pilots affected today will have a place to come back to in future if they so wish.”
Air Peace have on order 13 Embraer E195 E2 jets and last week the Brazilian manufacturer released a video showing the progress on the first jet expected to be delivered before the end of 2020. The Nigerian Airline will become the first airline in Africa to operate this ultra-modern aircraft.
During the lockdown, Air Peace performed a number repatriation flights to a number of destination in Africa, Asia and Europe. The airline also conducted humanitarian covid19 cargo flights from China to Nigeria.
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