Air Nigeria says it has resume flight operations, after NCAA's announcement earlier this week that the airline was suspended to give way for the safety audit of its aircrafts.
"This is to inform that Air Nigeria recommences local and regional flights on 14th June, 2012 after passing NCAA safety audits," Samuel Ogbogoro, its Media Relations Manager said in one of its official tweets.
In its press release twitted few minutes ago, the airline says "the resumption of normal flight operations across the domestic and regional routes is coming after the successful audit and clearance of its fleet of aircraft by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) following the suspension of the week-long strike action embarked upon by a section of its aircraft pilots and engineers."
"The post strike audit is a standard practice in civil aviation to ensure safety standards," and promises to offer "safe and secure air services at all times and will always adhere to international recognized practices."
The Media Assistant to the Director General of NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, who confirmed the suspension last Tuesday, 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.
The NCAA had taken the decision because Air Nigeria had not flown its aircraft in the past week following a strike action embarked upon by its pilots and engineers under the auspices of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) which was called off last week.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the pilots and engineers of the airline had embarked on the weeklong strike to press for improved conditions of service.
Mr Isaac Balami, the National President of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), also told NAN that he was aware of the suspension placed on Air Nigeria's operations by NCAA.
"This will to allow NCAA to carry out proper auditing of Air Nigeria, as the airline's pilots and engineers have yet to receive their outstanding salaries.
"We called off the strike embarked upon by NAAPE members in Air Nigeria last week to allow the union and the management to resume negotiations on the contentious issues that led to the strike," Balami said.
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