“We Regret its Impact:” Air Peace Speaks on Blacklisting of Imo Airport Amid Workers’ Protest

“We Regret its Impact:” Air Peace Speaks on Blacklisting of Imo Airport Amid Workers’ Protest

  • Air Peace, one of the airlines frequently flying to Owerri in Imo has spoken about the blacklisting of the state’s airport
  • The company said all flights to the state remain cancelled pending the resolution of disputes by aviation workers
  • The aviation workers under TUC and NLC blacklisted flights to the airport over manhandling of its official

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Air Peace, one of Nigeria’s largest airlines, has spoken about the blacklisting of Imo airport by aviation workers under the aegis of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

The airline said in a public notice posted on social media on Thursday, October 9, 2023, that it had cancelled its Owerri flights pending the resolution of the matter.

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The airline said:

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“We hereby notify the flying public that our Owerri flights of today have been canceled due to the industrial action being embarked upon by the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress.
"While we are keeping tabs on the development, we regret the impact of this cancellation on the travel plans of affected passengers.”

Legit.ng reported that trade unions blacklisted flights to and from the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport in Owerri following the alleged manhandling of Joe Ajaero, the NUC president, by the police in the state.

The unions said in a statement that all flights to the airport from any part of the country were halted until further notice.

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The unions include:

  • The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).
  • The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN).
  • The Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP).
  • The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAPPE).

The unions disclosed this in a joint statement signed by the association’s secretaries.

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In an earlier report by Legit.ng, foreign airlines said about 90% of their $783 million trapped funds in Nigeria remain unpaid.

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Data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed that as of August 2023, Nigeria owes about $783 million of block funds belonging to airlines.

Source: Legit.ng

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