Air Nigeria shuts down
Air Nigeria will cease all operations after 10 September 2012. The decision was taken, according to the management, because of staff disloyalty and environmental tension, ‘which are not conducive for business in the aviation sector’. All but 50 employees were fired by the chairman of the Air Nigeria, who expressed the intention to relaunch the airline next year.
Air Nigeria was founded in 2004 as Virgin Nigeria. The airline was renamed Nigerian Eagle Airlines in 2009, after Virgin withdrew itself from the partnership. Jimoh Ibrahim acquired the airline in 2010 and rebranded it Air Nigeria. The airline was grounded in June 2012 due to financial mismanagement, after which it lost most of its B737 fleet. Air Nigeria continued to serve the Lagos-London Gatwick route four times a week, operating the route with a wet-lease EgyptAir A330. The airline advises passengers to contact the agents from whom they have purchased tickets for a refund.