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Passengers shun Aero Contractors

03 April 2013, 12:05

Lagos – Passengers seem to be shunning the country's second largest airline, Aero Contractors, 24 hours after it resumed operations ending a crippling two-week strike.

The two-week industrial action cost Aero Contractors a whopping $100 million.

As that was not enough, some passengers who had obtained tickets but could not fly have since taken the Nigerian airline to court, demanding for compensation.

A CAJ News correspondent who was at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal in Lagos on Wednesday (today) observed that there were no long queues that often form at the Aero check-in counters and offices.

"I think passengers are still a bit skeptical following the long strike," an Aero worker said.

Officials remained tight lipped over the loss incurred as a result of this long industrial action.

"The management is busy working out the costs incurred as a result of this two-week strike.

"But I would like to believe the industrial action had impacted on the business," a senior official, who refused anonymity.

The airline began limited flights on Friday last week, fifteen days after a labour crisis paralysed its operations nationwide, and a day after an agreement between striking workers and management was brokered by the Nigerian Senate.

Aero workers had been on strike since 13 March over poor conditions of service and a plan by management to outsource jobs.

The airline's planes remained grounded during the crisis.

Aero management has agreed to conduct an appraisal in three weeks and lay off workers who do not meet their requirements.

- CAJ News


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