Virgin Atlantic Airways Sacks All Nigerian Cabin Crew, Shut Down Offices In Ikeja Lagos

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Nov 8, 2015 – Virgin Atlantic Airways Sacks All Nigerian Cabin Crew, Shut Down Offices In Ikeja Lagos

The aviation sector was in confusion yesterday over the pulling out of British flag carrier, Virgin Atlantic Airways, from Nigerian routes.

Though the airline is yet to officially announce the pull out, it has issued letters of disengagement to its Nigerian cabin crew.

A source close to the regulatory authority hinted that the British carrier has also shut down its call centre in the Ikeja axis of the Lagos metropolis.

The exit from the Nigerian market, a source hinted, may be connected with disappointment by the airline management over promises by government on its operations in the country.

The source said: “Virgin Atlantic Airways has laid off all its Nigerian cabin crew.

“They were only given three- week notice and no severance package regardless of their length of service will be paid.

“The air-hostesses they sacked were about 20 and last year, they closed down their Nigerian call centre and let go of all the Nigerian staff.”

This is not the first time the airline is disappointed with doing business in Nigeria.

After the liquidation of Nigeria Airways in 2003, government invited the chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways, Sir Richard Branson to float a domestic carrier in the country.

Within few months, Virgin Nigeria Airways was set up with the British carrier as its technical partner.

After six years Virgin Atlantic Airways pulled out as technical partner to the Nigerian arm of the business.

Following the sour relationship, Branson said in 2012 he was very wary about doing business in Nigeria.

Aviation unions have vowed to ensure that the entitlements of Nigerian cabin crew are paid in line with relevant provisions.

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4 thoughts on “Virgin Atlantic Airways Sacks All Nigerian Cabin Crew, Shut Down Offices In Ikeja Lagos

  1. honestly very difficult to do business in this our Nigeria with our Nigerians. Our people really need to change. Even getting a land molding blocks building the house living the house one struggle to build is big wahala.

    Sometimes I feel pity for this our nation. after travelling to other nation you come back the first question is why are we like this? Why is the nation like this. Honestly we need to change. Virgin Atlantic not the only airline pulling out of Nigeeria

    • GRACE FROM THE WAY YOU ARE TALKING I COULD NOTICE THAT YOU ARE NOT IN NIGERIA. NOT UNTIL A NITERIAN TRAVELS OUT OF NIGERIA HE OR SHE WOULD NEVER NO THAT WE ARE BACKWARDS IN ATTITUDE AND WAY OF LIFE. DESPITE THAT WE STILL WE ARE THE HEART OF AFRICA BUT WE ARE RATHER GIVEN AFRICA A VERY BAD IMAGE..

  2. Nigeria is too difficult to succeed. Too many government agencies disturbing for fees. let me see how L.I.R.S will go and lock their office like they do to many companies. It is only in Nigeria that tax officials will be threatening to lock up your company meanwhile, the head of the tax Organisation spends millions because his daughter is getting married in Dubai, nobody says anything instead he is promoted to the federal level. Idris don talk am, Nigeria jagajaga.

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