Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
Aero Contractors Airlines has announced the resumption of its scheduled services across the country from Wednesday, December 21, 2016 after a near four-month self-imposed suspension.
The suspension, according to the carrier, was embarked upon as a strategic business realignment to reposition the airline and return it to the part of profitability.
In a statement from the carrier on Tuesday, it said, “Aero is re-launching schedule services to Lagos, Abuja, Warri and Port Harcourt, using its Boeing 737-400/500 and the Dash8-Q400, with the expectation that as more aircraft return to service, more routes will be reopened.”
Confirming the resumption of operations, the Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu said, “We are delighted to inform our esteemed customers that our schedule operation is back. Full flights will commence on Thursday, December 22, 2016, with consistent passenger demand despite the suspension of schedule services. This patronage reinforces the strength of our brand and the quality of our service.
“We are aware of the impact the four months suspension had on our staff and our highly esteemed customers. Hence our move to return to operations is to continue to offer the most reliable, safe and secure operations, which the airline is renowned for.
“We urge our passengers with existing tickets prior to the suspension to contact our ticket desks/call centre to rebook their tickets free of charge. However, those who would prefer a refund may send in their refund requests from the 9th of January, 2017.”
Aero is Nigeria’s oldest aviation company with 57 years flying experience.