Air Nigeria suspends all operations for at least a year

Air Nigeria‘s (formerly Virgin Nigeria Airways and Nigerian Eagle Airlines) (Lagos) owner, Jimoh Ibrahim, on September 5 announced he was suspending operations for a year due to the “disloyalty” of some staff members and a weak economic environment according to this report by Bloomberg. He is demanding a plan from the remaining staff to develop a plan to make the airline profitable again. The suspension will be effective on September 10.

The airline had previously dropped all domestic and regional flights in June and was only operating international flights.

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Meanwhile Air Nigeria’s workers who were fired are taking to the streets today in Lagos to peacefully protest the closure according to a report by Business Day in Nigeria. The employees are claiming they have been unpaid for four months.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. Airbus A330-243 SU-SCI (msn 696) was being leased from EgyptAir on May 13, 2012 and now will be returned. The airliner is pictured preparing for departure from London (Gatwick).

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