15th March, 2013
Simon Ateba/Aviation correspondent
The labour crisis rocking Nigeria’s second largest airline, Aero Contractors, appeared to have worsened with the airline announcing on Friday night that it has suspended operations indefinitely.
The announcement may indicate that a three-day negotiation with striking workers has ended in a deadlock.
“Following the strike action embarked upon by the staff of the company, the board and management have decided to suspend Aero’s operations until further notice,” Aero said in a three paragraph statement.
Aero said it shall honour all its commitment to its customers, and is willing to make refunds where necessary.
“The general public may contact our help desk for further inquiries,” the airline said.
Workers went on strike on Wednesday morning over some labour disputes, grounding all Aero Contractors flights and causing losses estimated at millions of naira.