Nigeria’s Largest Airline Lays Off Pilots, Cuts Pay

Nigeria’s largest airline Air Peace says that it has laid off a number of pilots and cut salaries in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on its operations.

The private carrier did not disclose the number of pilots affected, but industry sources put the figure at around 70. Air Peace serves cities in Nigeria, as well as elsewhere in West Africa and in the Middle East. The group said it had “taken a very painful but rightful decision… to terminate the employment of some of its pilots” due to “the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on its operations and financial health”. Nigeria recently eased the lockdowns on businesses and economic activities, but most have yet to fully recover.

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