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Aero reacts to protest, says AMCON is trusted ally

Aero Contractors on the tarmac
Aero Contractors on the tarmac
In the wake of protests by staff and unions in Aero Contractors, the company has come out  discredit claims that its management and the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) has in anyway mismanaged the airline.

The airline said that the aviation sector like many other industries is experiences major challenges as outcome of the evident global financial crisis and short in global oil price but insisted that AMCON has played a critical role for majority of airlines, Aero included.

The airline argued that the accusations of challenges that Aero faced is in no way particular to the airline.

The statement read,” Our attention has been drawn to the recently published article by some select national dailies in which AMCON was claimed to have mismanaged Aero Contractors Airlines by being on the Board of the airline by virtue of its intervention. To the contrary, AMCON has played a supportive role for a majority   of   the   existing   airlines.”

“Aero   would   like   to   acknowledge   the positive impact AMCON’s intervention continues to have on the aviation industry,   despite   various   challenges   confronting   the   industry.   Without AMCON’s intervention, the airline may not be flying today. “

“The aviation industry has performed well over the years but like all other business segments, experiences some challenges as a fall back from the global   financial   crisis   and   the   fall   in   global   oil   prices.   The   myriad   of challenges in the industry which is not limited to Aero alone, as well as the specialisation   required   in   the   industry,   necessitated   a   structured   and methodical approach to solving these challenges.”

“In order to sustain customer’s confidence and its enviable position as the flagship   of   the   Nigeria   Aviation   industry,   and   potentially   Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in the area of safety and on-time performance, Aero has invested hugely in replacing its ageing fleet. Orders have been made and we   are   awaiting   delivery. “
Staff   issues   are being   addressed in   line   with industry best practices, and the airline does not plan to allow staff/unions to manage its affairs. Aero has been known for quality of service and to this end the airline will continue to ensure a thorough and timely training and recertification of its human assets to ensure the enviable safety of Aero Contractors. “

“We   cannot   aim   for   less   because   the   travelling   public   which   has continuously supported Aero is deserving of no less than a safe, enjoyable and timely flying experience. We hereby assure the flying public that the airline’s operation is not at any risk whatsoever as it continues to enjoy the support of its shareholders and the Board of Directors of Aero, and safety will continue to be at the core of our business.”

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