First Nation has now joined the rank of Aero Contractors as the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has confirmed that the airline has also shut down its operations in the country.
NCAA said First Nation shut its operations to maintain its aircraft.
The suspension of operations by the airline is coming barely 24 hours after Aero Contractors Airlines suspended operations.
Aero Contractors Airlines, Nigeria’s second largest commercial carrier, announced an indefinite suspension of its scheduled flight services and placed all its staff on indefinite leave with effect from Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Aero Contractors’ staff besieged the airline’s Ikeja Murtala Mohammed Airport office to protest against the way they were summarily laid off.
Capt. Muhtar Usman, Director-general of the NCAA, explained that the decision by the First Nation Airlines was taken in order to ensure that the airline carried out the required maintenance of its aircraft.
Usman, however, refuted claims that some of the domestic airlines were winding down their operations regardless of the fact that they had suspended flight services.
In a statement issued by the NCAA on Thursday and signed by its DG, it said, “The First Nation Airlines on its part is in the middle of an Engine Replacement Programme for one of its aircraft. Another aircraft is due for mandatory maintenance as allowed by the regulatory authority.
“In these circumstances, these airlines clearly cannot continue to undertake schedule operations, hence the inevitable recourse to self regulatory suspension.”
Usman insisted that the domestic carriers had not wound down their operations, but were “merely suspending their operations temporarily to enable them undertake certain operational overhaul and strengthen their overall operational outlay.”