Air Peace, a key player in Nigeria’s aviation sector said Tuesday ,it had laid off a number of pilots and cut salaries in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on its operations.
The number of pilots affected, were not disclosed but sources say about 70 are affected.
Air Peace, a private airline , serves cities in Nigeria as well as some West Africa countries and the Middle East.
According to he group , it had “taken a very painful but rightful decision… to terminate the employment of some of its pilots” due to “the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations and financial health.”
“This decision was taken for the greater good of the company and its almost 3000 workforce,” including the affected pilots, it said in a statement.
“Anything short of what we have done may lead to the collapse of an airline as could be seen in some places worldwide during this period. Therefore, we decided to review the salaries being paid to all staff.”
Many other airlines in other parts of the world have taken similar measures to stay afloat in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on the economy globally.
Though Nigeria recently eased the lockdowns on businesses and economic activities, most businesses are badly hit..
Over 44,000 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed and 896 people have died from Covid-19 in Nigeria since February.