*As Staff Threaten To Ground Operations Over Poor Service Conditions
The fortunes of Aero Contractor airline may have started nose-diving again as staff of the company are poised for a show down with the management over poor welfare and work conditions.
This is coming as one of the planes of the Airline narrowly escaped an air disaster some couple of days ago.
The Kaduna bound aircraft, which took off from Lagos, was diverted to Abuja when it suddenly began to experience loss of cabin pressure, which necessitated passengers on board to recourse to use of mask oxygen.
Despite reports on the near misfortune of the aircraft, the Management of the Aero Contractors Airline was yet to issue a statement to explain to the public the real cause of the problem which put passengers on board under very sever traumatic condition.
The poor attitude of the management to the incident and the sudden drop in patronage by passengers across the country had, however incensed some staff to embark on silent protest.
Since the past few days, staff of the Airline have been wearing red ribbons to signify their displeasure with the manner the management has been approaching issues with them.
Some of the personnel told our correspondents that the entire staff was ready to give the management a complete show down if the situation with the company will not improve.
They complained about poor salaries and condition of service as well as general protests from customers of the airline, which they stressed have been affecting the standard of the company and the well being of the staff.
One of them disclosed that the Aero Contractors staff had resolved to observe the silent protest for only few weeks to give the management sufficient time to improve the lots of the company.
He said if the situation with the company does not improve, the staff will have no option than to declare a full-scale protest, which he said might ground operations of the Airline for the period the protest will last.
Efforts to get in touch with the management of the company for response proved abortive as calls put across to one of their relevant mangers were never answered.
Meanwhile, it was observed that from the middle of last week, there has been sharp drop in the patronage of the Aero contractors Airline, while other airlines at different airports have been taking advantage with increase in their fairs.
The incident of the near mishap of the Kaduna bound plane of the Aero Contractors plane has been attributed to the drop in the patronage by passengers from across the country.