Lagos-based Firstnation Airways resumed flights Sept. 18 after its Airbus A319 fleet was grounded for more than three weeks for maintenance work.
Firstnation Airways, which launched flights in 2013, operates two CFM56-powered Airbus A319s, according to the AWIN fleet database.
On Sept. 1, Firstnation Airways head of commercial Serah Awogbade announced the airline had suspended operations to perform maintenance work, a situation that was further compounded by currency issues.
“Current foreign exchange constraint, coupled with over 70% devaluation of Naira, partly contributed in no small measure,” Awogbade said.
The maintenance suspension had been planned, the airline said, and passengers were notified well in advance.
Originally, flights were meant to resume on or before Sept. 15, but according to local media reports, the grounding was extended because the parts were delayed by customs clearances.
“Flight commenced on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 with very strong passenger demand despite the break,” Firstnation Airways said.
Firstnation, which holds IATA IOSA certification, said it “remains bullish” about Nigeria’s economic outlook and is currently working to expand its fleet.
Recently, Nigerian airline Arik Air was also forced to suspend flights because of a glitch with its insurance policy.
Another Nigerian airline, Aerocontractors, suspended its scheduled operations indefinitely Sept. 1. Aerocontractors, which was established in 1959, was said to be Nigeria’s oldest airline.