Azman Air has suspended its flight operations indefinitely following the alleged failure of the airline to renew its Air Operators Certificate (AOC).
Azman Air is the third Nigerian airline to suspend its operation this year. The first two were Aero Contractors and Dana Air.
The airline reportedly told its workers on Wednesday evening not to report for duties from Thursday.
The airline allegedly told the workers that it was suspending operations ”due to operational reasons,” but was not specific about the reasons.
Attributing its action to “challenging operating environment on our daily operations”, Nigeria’s oldest privately-owned airline, Aero Contractors, was the first to announce suspension of its flights operations indefinitely from Wednesday, July 20. The troubled airline has been in receivership and under the management of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) since 2016 due to the inability of its original owners – the Ibru family, to pay their debts.
Dana Air also suspended its operations on July 20, 2022 on the orders of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over safety concerns.
NCAA said the findings of an investigation conducted on the airline’s flight operations revealed that Dana was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations to conduct safe flight operations.