By Lawani Mikairu
Aero Contractors has said the airline will soon recall more staff who have been redundant to resume work as there has been remarkable improvement in the operations of the company, especially the Maintenance Repair Facility, MRO, of the organization that has been rendering maintenance services to other airlines.
This development was disclosed Thursday by the Chief Executive Officer of Aero Contractors, Captain Ado Sanusi during an interactive session with Vanguard.
Sanusi who said Aero Contractors airline has been separated from the Aero Maintenance Organization, which is now an autonomous company, disclosed that about 120 members of staff who had been placed on redundancy and asked to go home because of the then poor financial state of the airline had been recalled.
He further said these recalled 120 staff were initially placed on contract, but that plans have reached advanced stage to give them permanent employment with Aero Contractors. He also said more staff will soon be recalled.
Captain Sanusi said : “In February 2017, when I took over the management of Aero Contractors, there was crisis and high operational cost. With only one aircraft flying there was no way we could keep our more than 1000 staff on our pay roll. We had to put 60% of our workers on redundancy, that was long leave without pay, to reduce personnel cost . There was no way only one operational plane could generate revenue to pay more than 1000 workers.
“We have called some of them back on contract. With the improvement in our maintenance services to other airlines, there are plans to make their employment permanent. We have built the capacity of the MRO facility to C level. We can now render C Checks services to airlines. We have been carrying out C Checks on our grounded aircraft which would soon be back to flight operations. In the next 10 days, one of the aircraft will be rolled out and ready to commence flight operations.
“With increase in the demand of MRO services from airlines, including those from neigbouring countries like Ghana, we will soon recall more staff placed on redundancy. With increase in our operational aircraft and return to more routes earlier operated by the airline, we can recall all redundant staff and even employ more staff to meet our operational needs.”
The Aero CEO further disclosed that the outstanding salary and entitlement of staff have been addressed and salary arrears reduced to 4 months. He commended the workers unions for their understanding and added that the unions have shown maturity.