The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended Air Nigeria operations, just as the agency conducts thorough auditing on its aircraft.
Our correspondent gathered that the NCAA took the decision because Air Nigeria had not flown its aircraft in the past week following a strike by its pilots and engineers.
Air Nigeria only resumed operations some five days ago after the pilots and aeronautic engineers under the auspices of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) had called off a one week old industrial action.
The Media Assistant to the Director General of NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, who confirmed the suspension, said it was a routine action to allow NCAA look at the airline.
"It is a routine action to enable us look at them before allowing them to go back to operations having been on strike for days ,this is normal" he said.
Spokesman for Air Nigeria, Sam Ogbogoro, told our correspondent on phone that there was nothing out of the ordinary about the grounding of Air Nigeria aircraft.
He said that it was normal practice in civil aviation to conduct audits on aircraft once they have not been flown for some time; since Air Nigeria did not fly for a week, it was natural the aircraft are checked by NCAA.