Home » Africa: Nigerian carrier, Arik Air’s revenue dip by 98%, implements 80% pay cut for staff as Covid-19 lockdown persist

Africa: Nigerian carrier, Arik Air’s revenue dip by 98%, implements 80% pay cut for staff as Covid-19 lockdown persist

by Atqnews
0 comment
Arik air airlines aviation amcon unions

As the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown grounds commercial aviation operations globally, Nigeria’s carrier, Arik Air has revealed that the airline’s revenue has nosedived by 98 percent in the industry.

The airline said it is taking steps to ensure that the carrier stays afloat during and after pandemic adding that it is engaging its suppliers and negotiating reduced rates on all its contracted services and mitigating operational expenses due to changes in demand.

According to the Chief Executive Officer, Arik Air Ltd, Roy Ilegbodu, the airline has also implemented an 80% pay cut for all members of staff across the entire organization for the month of April 2020.

He said: “I am confident that you have been keenly following the unfolding global health and economic crises triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. A few months ago, it would have been impossible to predict such turbulent and challenging circumstances.

“To date, the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic remains dire with a high level of uncertainty, even within medical circles regarding the containment of the pandemic. Although daily updates from a few countries seem to be encouraging, our situation in Nigeria appears to be getting worse. With the current observed trend of events, it is prudent to lean on the assumption that the situation is likely to persist for a while longer.

“Of huge significance to us is that we have suffered a sharp decline of over 98% in our revenue streams since the suspension of our scheduled flights almost four weeks ago. Added to this is the rapid decline in the value of the Naira by over 35% against the benchmark and with oil prices now falling well below $15 per barrel, it is evident that we must, without further delay, take decisive action to preserve our organization.

“Our focus as management has always been hinged on the well-being and safety of our staff, managing our liquidity as an organization and creating the opportunity to ride out of inclement circumstances such as the one we are faced with today.

“Pursuant to this, recently, we reached out to our suppliers, specifically negotiating reduced rates on all our contracted services and mitigating operational expenses due to changes in demand. We also implemented contingency plans for staff and introduced operational support flexibility.

“Notwithstanding that some of the measures taken so far have contributed to conserving our limited resources, the outlook for the near future is not encouraging and our current level of business simply cannot support our operations for much longer.

“For this reason, to safeguard the survival of our organization, we are constrained to introduce additional measures to curtail our costs, as dictated by the turn of events.

“After careful deliberation and analyses, management has decided to implement an 80% pay cut for all members of staff across the entire organization for the month of April 2020. Furthermore, commencing from May 1st 2020, no less than 90% of our staff will proceed on leave without pay until further notice. This position will be reviewed on a monthly basis and communications on further developments will be shared by our HR department as the situation evolves.

“While we are not unaware of the challenges that each and every one of us may face during this difficult period, we join you in remaining hopeful that this ugly situation will abate in the shortest possible time and our organization will come out stronger in the long run. We are confident that the steps we are taking now are in the best interest of all and will see us through this difficult epoch in the history of mankind.

“Thank you for the dedication you have always displayed in the course of your duties at Arik and your understanding of the situation that we are saddled with today.

“I remind you to continue to remain safe and wish you and your families well over the coming days and weeks” he said.

You may also like

Leave a Comment

ATQnews.com

ATQnews.com® a member of Travel Media Group is the online platform for African Travel Quarterly (ATQ), the first travel magazine in West Africa which solely focuses on travel and tourism issues. 

ATQNEWS

Latest News

ATQNEWS @2024 – All Right Reserved.

Are you sure want to unlock this post?
Unlock left : 0
Are you sure want to cancel subscription?
-
00:00
00:00
Update Required Flash plugin
-
00:00
00:00