Passengers disappointed as unions ground Aero operations at Lagos Airport

Aero Contractors staff demand better conditions of service.

More than 100 passengers of Aero Contractors were on Wednesday disappointed as aviation unions grounded flight operations of the airline at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

The operations were grounded by members of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, and the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE.

Some officials of the airline, including those who work at its counters, who are members of the unions, went on strike to demand for better conditions of service.

Some passengers of the airline expressed anger over the treatment given to them at its empty counters.

One of them, Carol Iwuoha, travelling to Owerri, said the airline had initially rescheduled her flight, only to cancel it later.

“The flight to Owerri was scheduled for 7.15 a.m. and rescheduled for 10. 45 a.m. before it was finally cancelled; that is very unfair and some of us have agreed to contact our lawyers over it.

“If the management had informed us earlier, I would have bought an Arik airline ticket but today is wasted now,” she said.

Ibeto Ogbona, who was travelling to Sokoto, said that he would have to buy another airline ticket and travel first to Abuja before buying another to Sokoto.

He said that although some officials of Aero airline had endorsed the ticket he bought and assured him that it could be used some other time, his trip had been made more expensive.

Some other passengers, including children, were seen sitting on their luggage at the departure hall of the airport terminal.

The management of the airline, in a statement signed by Simon Tumba, its spokesman, apologised for the inconvenience suffered by the passengers.

It blamed it on an abrupt industrial action by some members of staff which led to grounding of the airline’s scheduled operations.

The statement said that the management had engaged the unions in talks to find a quick and amicable resolution.


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