Nigeria’s oldest carrier, Aero Contractors has relaunched its flight operations and scheduled services in a bid to meet up with the ever growing demand of other indigenous airlines on aircraft repairs and maintenance. It announced that it has already started expanding its maintenance facility in order to be able to take in more aircraft.
The airline has also announced that it would resume flight operations on December 5, with six aircraft to service 10 destinations as it plans regional service, later next year.
The airline made this known during a press conference to announce resumption of its scheduled passenger flight operations.
Speaking during an interfaith thanksgiving and prayer session to herald the airline back to services on Thursday, the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Ado Sanusi, an erstwhile Managing Director of the airline, said that the airline will be operating with Boeing 737 and Dash 8 (Q- 300/400), servicing ten destinations.
These destinations, according to him include Warri, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Benin, Yola, Sokoto, Kano, Asaba and Calabar.
Speaking further, Capt Sanusi said Aero now has four business development units, namely: the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), the Fixed Wing airline operations, the Rotary Wing helicopter services and the Aero Training School.
“We are pleased and delighted to resume full services after a few months. We thank all our stakeholders, who have been supportive, particularly the NCAA, our management and staff. I admit that we missed our customers dearly and we are back bigger and better to serve them better.
“We are determined to offer great travel experience to our customers during this season and beyond. We look forward to welcoming them on board.”
Recall that the airline suspended flights on July 20, 2022, to enable restructuring and repositioning of the airline. Having fulfilled regulatory requirements, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authorities (NCAA) has given approval for Aero Contractors to resume operations.