Nigerian airline operators have called off a planned strike

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Passengers and other stakeholders who would have been inconvenienced by the planned strike action can now breathe a sigh of relief, as airline operators in Nigeria have decided to postpone their planned service withdrawal.
The suspension was announced on Sunday by Abdulmunaf Sarina, the Managing Director of Azman Air and the President of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON).

The union said that their planned strike was put on hold after the government agreed to intervene, as well as their own assessment of the impact on the general public and the economy.

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The government will be engaged further, according to the statement.

Shehu Wada, Executive Director of Max Air; Obiora Okonkwo, Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines; Roy Ilegbodu, Chief Executive Officer of Arik Air; Abdullahi Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of Aero Contractors; and Allen Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace – signed the statement as well.

As previously reported by Naija News, airline operators have threatened to cancel flights starting Monday, May 9th, due to the unacceptably high cost of aviation fuel and its negative impact on their operations.

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However, following constructive talks with the federal government, the operators have decided to call off their planned strike.

The declaration reads:

“The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) wishes to inform the general public that, in response to numerous calls from the highest echelons of government with promises to intervene urgently in the crises being faced by airlines due to the astronomic and continuously rising cost of JetA1, the AON has agreed to withdraw the action for the time being while we allow for a fresh round of dialogue with the government in the hope of reaching an amicable solution,” says the statement.

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“We have also reached this decision with the utmost consideration for our valued customers who have been subjected to uncertainty over the last few days, in order to provide them with access to travel to their various destinations for the time being while discussions with relevant authorities are ongoing.”

“In light of the foregoing, and in the interests of the national economy and security, AON hereby wishes to inform the general public that the previously announced shutdown of operations on May 9, 2022, is hereby suspended in good faith pending the outcome of hopefully fruitful engagement with government.”


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