Air peace sacks 70 pilots

Air Peace has slashed the salaries of its staff by 40 percent and also sacked over 70 pilots as a result of the negative impact of COVID-19 on the aviation sector.

In a statement in Lagos on Monday, the airline management said such move was critical to sustain its operations and survive the times.

The airline said it had to take the “painful but rightful” decision in the face of the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic on its operations and financial health.

It said the job erasure for pilots amongst it over 3,000 staff became imperative because it could not afford to continue to fulfill its financial obligations without carrying out restructuring of its entire operations to survive the times.

Besides, the carrier said the painful decision was to keep its operations afloat after it carried out a raft of measures including cut of zero to 40 percent in the salaries of staff.

According to the statement, “this decision is inevitable under the circumstances we find ourselves. In order to protect the continuity of majority of the existing jobs and the possibility of creating new ones in future, the survival of the airline is of paramount importance. When everything comes back to normal those pilots affected today will have a place to come back to in future if they so wish.

“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. The new salaries reflect zero to 40 percent cut of the former salary depending on the salary grades of every staff.

“Even after the cuts, it was obvious that for us to be able to sustain our operations and survive the times, some jobs must inevitably have to go.”

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