There was commotion in the aviation sector on Saturday when news filtered in that British flag carrier, Virgin Atlantic Airways has pulled out of the Nigerian route.
According to The Nation, though unofficial, the airline has issued letters of sack to its Nigerian cabin crew.
According to a source familiar with the matter, Virgin Atlantic has also shut down its call centre in the Ikeja axis of the Lagos metropolis and laid off all its Nigerian cabin crew.
“They were only given three- week notice and no severance package regardless of their length of service will be paid.
“The air-hostesses they sacked were about 20 and last year, they closed down their Nigerian call centre and let go of all the Nigerian staff,” the source said.
The source further hinted that the exit from the Nigerian market may not be unconnected with disappointment by the airline management over promises by government on its operations in the country.
Meanwhile, aviation unions have vowed to ensure that the entitlements of Nigerian cabin crew are paid in line with relevant provisions .