The Chief Executive Officer of Aero Contractors airline, Ado Sanusi has said the company had to choose between sacking some workers or letting the business die.

Sanusi said the airline had to let go of about 400 staff, which is about 60 percent of its workforce, in order to sustain the business.

He, however, noted that the sacking mainly affected support staff especially baggage handlers and security workers.

"It is very clear that if we did not make the decision the business would die," he said.

Jobs losses have become common in several industries after Nigeria’s economy entered recession  2016. Many privately owned companies are struggling to remain in business while some others have been forced to close their doors permanently.