Dana Air loses N100m over dispute with unions, threatens to sack workers

Dana Air loses N100m over dispute with unions, threatens to sack workers

Ebun Francis|

Dana Air said it had lost over N100 million to the ongoing dispute between aviation unions and Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL).

The dispute, the airline said on Thursday had led to the shutting down of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 where it was operating from.

According to Dana Air’s Communication Manager, Mr. Kingsley Ezenwa, the airline might also be forced to downsize if the industrial action should continue for too long.

Ezenwa said: “For now, we have lost over N100 million to the ongoing action.

“Losing such money in an industry where airlines are still grappling with a myriad of challenges is unacceptable and disappointing, to say the least.

“We do not know how the situation will be in the coming days and we might have no other option than to downsize if the action stretches for too long,” he said.

The airline also apologised to its teeming passengers who had missed their flights as a result of the ongoing dispute between the two parties.

“Our worst fear, however, is, if the terminal will be able to process the number of passengers when there is a coincidence in flight schedule with over eight airlines having to operate from the GAT at the moment.

“We appeal to the parties involved to resolve the dispute in consideration of the passengers for whom we are all in the industry to serve.

“Without the passengers, there will not be any airline, regulator or industry and we believe they should not suffer for what they did not contribute to.

“While we respect the rights of both parties to engage each other based on extant laws, we call on all concerned to intervene and save the industry from further crises,” he said in a statement issued in Lagos.

Dana Air noted that at the moment, MMA2 remained the terminal that was providing passengers the best in terms of facilitation.

They also thanked passengers for their constant support and understanding and assured them of the airline’s commitment to continue to offer the best of services at all times.

It will be recalled that the unions had for the second-day running grounded flight operations and business activities at the terminal over the alleged sacking of 24 employees by BASL for indicating interest to unionise.

The unions are, The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).