Virgin Atlantic fires Nigerian flight attendants

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British mega carrier, Virgin Atlantic Airways, has fired all its Nigerian flight attendants, SUNDAY PUNCH can authoritatively report.

Virgin Atlantic fires Nigerian flight attendants

The carrier, majorly owned by the British business mogul, Richard Branson, gave notice of termination of employment to its Nigerian cabin crew members a few weeks ago, industry sources close to the airline told our correspondent on Saturday.

The sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak on the matter, added the action was purely “a business decision” from the office of the airline in the UK.

The number of flight attendants sacked could not be confirmed as of press time but unconfirmed online reports put the figure at 20.

A top official of the airline who chose to speak under the condition of anonymity told our correspondent that the decision to sack the cabin crew had nothing to do with their performance, saying it was purely a business decision from the UK carrier’s head office.

The official explained, “There is a downturn in the airline business globally including Nigeria and there is need to review some of our operations. Some of the flight attendants have been reassigned instead of asking them to go. For us, it is the way to go.

“This does not mean we are exiting the Nigeria market. Not at all, we are here to stay. The laying off of the cabin crew is a global decision that will also affect other flight attendants from other major markets in Asia.”

This came a few months after the airline closed its customer call centre in Nigeria.

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The call centres were closed following the decision of the UK mega carrier to centralise its call centres globally.

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