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.”