Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's second largest airline, Aero Contractors, which was grounded by regulators last week following a protracted strike by its workers, said Wednesday it would resume operations this Easter weekend.
In a text message to aviation correspondents, company Managing Director Obaro Ibru said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had commenced its verification-audit of the airline's aircraft.
"Once NCAA is satisfied, we fly. The verification audit is on-going and it is to be concluded this week," Mr. Ibru said.
Aero had suspended its operations two weeks ago following the strike, but when it was about to resume operations last week, the regulatory NCAA grounded the airline, apparently because the issues that led to the strike had not been resolved.
On the staffers of the company who were dismissed in the wake of the strike, the Managing Director said: ''The Court re-confirmed that dismissed workers remain dismissed. Aero is already re-hiring to fill any gaps. Aero will fly again by Easter weekend."
Meanwhile, some of Aero's dismissed staffers have continued to protest near the airline's corporate headquarters at the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the economic capital city of Lagos.
-0- PANA ADA/SEG 27Mar2013