Following the industrial action embarked upon by the staff of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, NAHCO, affected airlines are already counting their losses as flight operations have been crippled across the country.
Air Peace, Nigeria’s leading airline, has disclosed that the ongoing strike has cost the airline over 500 million naira, adding that the industrial action has paralysed its operations across its large network.
In a news release issued on Monday, January 23, 2023, the Management of the airline stated that the ground handling company did not pre-inform them about the strike neither was a public notice issued.
“Neither NAHCO nor the striking union informed us of an impending strike. Our staff reported to work and noticed an ongoing industrial action. If we were informed beforehand, we would have conveyed same to our passengers early enough.
“Now, all morning flights and other subsequent flights have been disrupted- cancelled, delayed and rescheduled. This has cost us over 500 million naira as we operate over 100 flights daily. Passengers are also attacking our ground staff as they cannot fly.
“We have notified the flying public of the strike but it is important to stress again that the action is by the staff of NAHCO, not Air Peace. It is an action against the Management of NAHCO, and Air Peace has nothing to do with it.
“While we monitor the situation and hope things return to normal soon, we regret the impact of the disruptions on the travel plans of our passengers and implore them to desist from assaulting our staff. We are not responsible for the disruptions”, the airline stated.