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Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Sacks 100 Pilots, Engineers




Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited sacks over 100 pilots and engineers (both National and Expatriates).


The management of Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited has terminated the appointment of 100 pilots in a move to survive the effect of the pandemic.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the offshore helicopter transport services company said the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated its decision to lay off some of its workers.

The airline’s management said the move was to ensure the continuity of its business and delivery of essential services to its clients.

“This decision has not been made lightly, but having considered the state of the business and the very serious constraints caused by the spread of the COVID-19 disease and the downturn in the oil and gas market, the company must now take this painful, but decisive step to ensure the continuity of its business and delivery of essential services to its clients,”

“One of these measures includes the right-sizing of the business to ensure that the company has the optimal level of personnel to continue the safe delivery of its services to its clients, whilst allowing the appropriate capacity for future growth.

“Accordingly, and with much regret, the company has taken the very difficult decision to release over 100 pilots and engineers (both National and Expatriates) over the next couple of weeks.”

This comes barely 24 hours after Nigeria’s major airline Air Peace sacked 69 pilots. The airline also cut its staff salaries by up to 40 percent.

According to the airline’s spokesman, Mr. Stanley Olise, Air Peace had to take “a very painful but rightful decision, in the circumstances the airline has found itself as a result of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations and financial health, to terminate the employment of some of its pilots.”

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