Air Peace blames move on COVID-19 disruptions
Nigeria’s largest carrier, Air Peace has bowed to COVID-19 pressure by implementing a series of restructuring measures that have seen the airline letting go of about 70 pilots.
Part of the measures also include pay cuts ranging from one per cent to 40 per cent.
In a statement, the airline blamed the disengagement of the pilots on the unexpected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel.
“The Management of Air Peace wishes to state that it has taken a very painful but rightful decision, in the circumstances the airline has found itself as a result of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations and financial health to terminate the employment of some of its pilots.
“This decision was taken for the greater good of the company and its almost 3,000 workforce, the affected pilots inclusive.
“The airline cannot afford to toe the path of being unable to continue to fulfil its financial obligations to its staff, external vendors, aviation agencies, maintenance organisations, insurance companies, banks and other creditors hence the decision to restructure its entire operations with a view to surviving the times,” the company said.
The statement also disclosed that salaries being paid to staff would be reviewed based on salary grades.
It said: “We decided to review the salaries being paid to all staff. The new salaries reflect a 0 per cent to 40 per cent cut of the former salary depending on the salary grades of every staff.
“Even after the cuts, it was obvious that for us to be able to sustain our operations and survive the times, some jobs must inevitably have to go.”
The airline added that the disengaged staff would have a place in the airline when things return to normal if they so wish.