Azman Air has asked all members of its staff to proceed on leave except for eight, investigation can reveal.
This comes barely a month after the resumption of scheduled flight operations following a shortage of aircraft.
In a memo sighted by The PUNCH, which was signed by Azman Air’s Human Resource Manager, Magaji Misau, the management of the airline sent all its employees on leave without pay.
The memo dated August 3, 2023, was titled, ‘PLACEMENT OF LEAVE WITHOUT PAY.
The letter read in part: “As you are aware, our domestic operations have been put on hold for a while due to the conveyance of our aircraft for C-checks and the MROs have given a longer time of completion.
“In view of the above, the management is directed to write and communicate its decision that all staff have been placed on leave without pay with effect from August 1, 2023.”
A staffer of the company, who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, lamented that the issues of their unpaid salaries owed by the company have caused them serious setbacks.
Again, the airline has suspended its operations indefinitely.
According to the memo, the current suspension is due to ongoing C-checks operations on its aircraft. C-check requires an aviation maintenance technician to perform a deep inspection of a majority of the aircraft’s parts.
However, checks on Azman Air’s website showed that the airline’s scheduled destinations include only Birnin Kebbi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and the Lagos States, despite having a fleet of seven aircraft. Currently, no scheduled flight is available on the company’s website.
The airline recently operated two aircraft, a B737-500 5N-AIS (MSN 29235) – normally used on domestic routes, including Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Kaduna – and an A340-600 5N-AAM (MSN 765), to provide Hajj charters to Madinah in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj 2023 season since June 1, 2023.
But due to capacity challenges, the airline has been struggling to manage its daily scheduled operations.
All efforts to speak to the management of the company proved abortive, as text messages and calls were not responded to as of press time.