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MM2 re-opens as BASL throws in the towel, agrees to recall sacked staff

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L-R Dr wale babalakin, chairman BASL and MM2 terminal MD, captain Jari Williams

Sanity has been restored to the Murtala Mohammed Terminal 2 as unions and Bicourtney Aviation Services Limited have reached a truce to ensure industrial peace reigns in the industry.

To this end, the terminal closed for two days to protest the sack of 27 members of the unions have been re-opened to flight operations and other businesses.

After a meeting between the warring parties, BASL has agreed to the unions demand of recalling the sacked staff without loss of pay or service and deployed to where their services are required.

In a signed document, BASL and the unions agreed that “if thereafter the company intends to declare them redundant and is willing to discuss the redundancy benefits with the unions in accordance with the Section 20 of the labour”.

The agreement letter addressed to the three unions was signed by the Group Head, Human Resources of BASL, Mr, Ola Azeez and the Group Executive Director, Mr. Rodger Whittle and those copied includes the Ministers of Aviation, Labour and Productivity, MD FAAN, DG NCAA, DSS, Nigeria Air Force and the Commissioner of Police, Airport command.

With this extension of the olive branch by BASL, passengers, staff of companies operating from the terminal can now heave a sign of relief even those they have lost millions of Naira during the 2-day shut down by the unions.

Concessionaires, business owners and workers of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), protesting the plans of aviation unions to invade and destroy facilities at the terminal yesterday.

Dana air had disclosed it lost a N100 million while two other airlines who did not want it identity revealed say their lost N300 and N63 million.

The airline in a statement signed by its Media and Communications Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa said ‘we have resumed flights from MMA2 following the agreement reached by MMA2 and the Aviation Unions today.’

‘We thank the Management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited BASL, operators of MMA2 for considering the economic implications and for putting national interest first in resolving the industrial action.

‘We also wish to thank our teeming guests for their total understanding and cooperation in the course of our temporary relocation to the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) and we hope to continue offering the best of our services which we have come to be known for.”

Kingsley noted that as a result of Dana Air’s core values of improving customer experience, and knack for customer-centric innovations, the airline has also introduced a ‘Cash Top-Up’ concept for members of its loyalty and reward program Dana Miles.

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