Due to challenging issues, Nigeria’s oldest airline is suspending services.
Many factors contributed to the airline’s suspension of services, this was due to challenges such as the operational environment. The airline industry is a highly competitive and volatile one. With the largest issue being that it was not able to keep up with the competition. The other airlines were able to adapt to the changing environment better and they had a better understanding of the customer needs. Aero was also facing some financial difficulties. This made it difficult for the airline to invest in new technologies and improve its operations.
The company released an official statement, “due to the high impact of the challenging operating environment on our daily operations, the management of Aero Contractors Company of Nig. Ltd. wish to announce the temporary suspension of its scheduled passenger service operations with effect starting immediately”. In the statement they also addressed the issue of maintenance activities of Helicopter and Charter Services, Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) also known as AeroMRO and the Approved Training Organization (ATO), these will remain in place as scheduled maintenance requirements are being followed completely.
The safety of passengers and crew is always the top priority for airlines.
There are a number of operational environment challenges that an airline must contend with on a daily basis. The most significant of these is the need to maintain a high level of safety while also ensuring efficient and on-time operations. Other challenges include dealing with bad weather, managing aircraft maintenance, and dealing with customer complaints. The safety of passengers and crew is always the top priority for airlines, and they must adhere to a strict set of safety regulations. This can be challenging, as there are always new risks that need to be considered and new safety procedures that need to be put in place. In addition, the airline must also maintain a high level of efficiency in its operations, as delays and cancellations can lead to significant financial losses.
Aero has been in business for over 61 years and faces the possibility of having to permanently shut it doors. They have been struggling financially for several years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation. Aero has been working with the government to try to secure a loan or bailout, but so far no agreement has been reached. If the airline is unable to secure the funding it needs, it will likely have to declare bankruptcy and cease operations. This would be a major blow to the aviation industry, as the airline is one of the largest in Nigeria.
Skyrocketing fuel prices, inflation and high maintenance costs.
Additional contributing factors to the airline not being able to keep up with the flights needed due to many factors, some being skyrocketing fuel prices, inflation, high maintenance costs and the high foreign exchange rates, with these being some of the major components of airline operations. Aero is working diligently to restore normal services as soon as possible.
A rep from Aero confirmed that due to the fact that most of their aircrafts were undergoing maintenance, they would not be able to keep up with the demand of the services for the airline. This issue would result in the inability to provide non problematic and efficient services to their precious customers. Maintenance staff are working diligently to ensure the aircrafts are available as soon as possible to return to regularly scheduled flights. It is hoped that the airline will be fully functional within the next few weeks.
Operational support as well as commercial cooperation are needed.
There have been some changes in the aviation industry recently with the recent collaboration between some of the airlines to work together to provide better service levels. A commercial alliance that was formed starting with 6 airline carriers in Nigeria, this had them band together to improve the operational support as well as commercial cooperation to help improve the flight delays and cancellations. Air Peace, United Nigeria, MaxAirNigeria, Azman Air, Arik Air and United Nigeria all signed the agreement on March 8, 2022 in Lagos, with the hopes of Aero Contractors also joining in the future. More needs to be done still to improve overall airline services throughout Nigeria.
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This is so painful for aero contractor that has been arou d for.long suspending operations due to some certain factors of safety issues, aviation fuel problems, inflation, and high maintenance rates and with most of their aircrafts undergoing maintenance I just hope with time they will be able to come back real quick for full operations.
Good news and bad news we have here. Customers are happy to see the collaboration of 6 airlines making agreement to help each other when called upon. Bad news is the customers not knowing what could happen to Aero airline in few weeks coming. We hope that Aero airline being the oldest in Nigeria could keep it doors open to serve the customers with quality flight services and customer care. This airline has thousands of employees and hopefully they can all retain their jobs!
The way Nigeria is moving,there is fire on the mountain, danger is looming and it really sad and seriously cause for concern.Industries and companies are folding up on daily basis,the unemployment rate is getting increasing.Aviation fuel very expensive, exchange rate is going up everyday because every aviation transaction in done in dollar and nothing is produce locally.Government is acting as if nothing is happening,there is nothing to qualify Nigeria than a fail country.
This is quite unfortunate for the Aero airline. They have been around for so long and done well in the Aviation industry. It is disheartening that they will have to suspend their activities now. The plight of the economy, lack of investors, government not bailing them out have all contributed to them not being able to adapt to the modern trend of Aviation in the country. I hope they get back on their feet soon.
The overall airline services in Nigeria has been doing well so far providing excellent services to there customers and have been delivering well. But it’s sounds bad hearing about Aero contractors affected by the inflation and having short coming on there services, I hope they get back to operation soon.
They said many factors for the suspension. most of their aircrafts were undergoing maintenance, when they are done with their maintenance and proper check they can come back. Instead of putting people life in danger
They have been great for years and I believe they have been doing a lot of good jobs as far as I am concerned so for them to suspend service they must have issues maybe with there maintenance or something so I think this would give them time to check more on how to improve things
Although some people might see the actions of Aero Contractor as a sign of incompetency but I see it as a better strategy to work on their lapses to be able to meet up with the demand as required. Also, this will ensure properly functioning aircraft to prevent plan crash and jeopardized the lives of many. I think it is a proper decision taken by them.
It is most unfortunate that the inflation that is happening in this country and high cost of maintenance is already affecting Aero Contractor one of the oldest Airline in Nigeria. I hope they recover soonest to join their counterpart and measure up to the demanded standard of the country.
Damn, i feel sad for them that they couldn’t keep up with the modern developments of airlines they can still turn things around if they try.
I hope they get back into operation back soon, inflation problem should be reduce in the country it cost high rate and the high cost is make the aero contractor stop operation since it will be maintain well due to inflation
The incessant rise in inflation continues to ravaged the country and have ripple effects on all sectors. Aero contractor should just form alliance with other airlines to help them get support and get back to operation soon.
If the airline cannot maintain a high degree of efficiency in its operations, delays and cancellations can lead to considerable financial losses, and as this must have affected Aero Contractors, the airline will not be able to compete effectively.
The government doesn’t know when to help important sectors. How can the biggest airline request for fund from the government and they won’t be able to provide anything? This will cause a huge blow to the aviation industry if Aero should declare bankruptcy.
This Aero Contractor airline could not better grasp the needs of its customers or react to the shifting or changing environment, and that’s why they would be going out of business. That’s sad.
This is quite unfortunate. Upgrading and measuring up to standard with competitors should be a norm. Buh sadly…
This Aero was not using all the current facilities that are required for them to run smooth Airline operations and which is why they lost their customers, and they want to close down.
skyrocketing fuel prices, inflation, high maintenance costs and the high foreign exchange rates, has also been a major issue to Aero. If they can’t operate alone again they should merge with other companies that might be able to help.
It is always the first concern for airlines to ensure the safety of their passengers and staff, and they must strictly comply with a set of standards governing protection. This airline’s planes are somewhat old; thus, dealing with this challenge can prove challenging for them.
The economic condition of this country is affecting every sector in this country. Of recent the prices of flight has Increased drastically and even with the increase the airline is still unable to keep up with its expenses. Things really need to be done to this inflation.
If the airline were to go out of business, it would have a significant negative impact on the aviation industry as a whole because it is one of the largest airlines in Nigeria and that it serves a vast number of passengers who would be adversely affected.
For the airline Aero, this is really sad. They have been operating for a very long time and prospered in the aviation sector. It is disappointing that they will have to stop their operations right away. They have been unable to adjust to the modern trend of aviation in the nation due to the state of the economy, a lack of investors, and the government’s refusal to provide financial assistance.
It is necessary to understand the situation and to know how to work around it.
This is the best they can do at the moment to protect their brand and the lives of people.
However, other aero companies should come to their aid to make them stand back on their feet.
Other fellow airlines are coming together to form a strong alliance so they can stay afloat, so I suggest aero contractors do the same if they can’t handle the pressures.
This Aero Contractor needs serious financial backing because I’m sure if they get enough funds, they’d be back to being fully functional.
I commend all airline services in Nigeria.
The best they can do at the moment is to protect their brand and the lives of people. It sounds bad hearing about Aero contractors, hopefully they get back on track soon.