AMCON managed-Airline, Arik Air sacks 300 staff in a major shakeup
A day after the workers of the airline disrupted its operations and prevented passengers to travel on its aircraft, the management of Arik Air has sacked 300 members of its staff in a major shakeup in the troubled airline.
In a statement by the airline on Friday titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant”, the airline attributed its action to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on its operations.
The company explained that a redundancy package would be provided for the affected workers after negotiation with the aviation unions.
“Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.
“The leadership of the impacted unions has been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff,” the statement said.
The airline stated that over 50 percent of its workforce of over 1,600 staff have been on furlough in the past six months.
The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Arik Air branch had on December 3, 2020, disrupted the travel plans of passengers who had booked the airline during their protests against poor conditions of service.
The picketing disrupted operations in Lagos and prevented the airline from processing passengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Domestic Terminal 1 and 2.
Arik Air is current under receivership and indirect management of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) due to indebtedness by its promoters.