Passengers traveling to Dubai from Lagos and vice versa now have a new option as Indigenous Nigerian airline, Air Peace is now a national carrier on the Lagos–Dubai route. The airline attained this great feat following a pact signed by Nigeria’s Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The announcement was made by Mohammed Rimi, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the UAE.
Rimi welcomed the airline as an official carrier of the country to the UEA.
“Air Peace is now recognized as a national carrier, based on the BASA and whatever the airline is doing will be linked to Nigeria,’’
Speaking further, the Ambassador advised the airline to desist from practices that could put the country in a bad light, and ensure that they adhere to scheduled flight times in order to win and sustain the confidence of travelers. He noted that Air Peace was not the first Nigerian carrier to service this route. Others who tried in the past could not continue as they were unable to keep up with the competition
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Rimi stated that Nigeria was enthusiastic about meeting the BASA deal terms although the country was yet to service 4 slots provided in the agreement.
Speaking on this development, Air Peace Chairman, Mr Allen Onyema said that the airline was keen on connecting Nigeria to the rest of the world and creating more jobs for the populace, hence, its foray into long haul flights.
“In less than four years, Air Peace has created 3,000 direct jobs and over 9,000 ancillary jobs for Nigerians and that is what is driving us. We believe that if more Nigerians are meaningfully engaged, the problem of kidnapping, militancy and ethnic violent clashes will reduce in our country.”
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Onyema disclosed that the airline was aiming to have more of its B777 aircraft used for long haul flights, making it 6 before the year comes to an end. This will make it easier or passengers to fly to more destinations. According to him, a Lagos–Johannesburg flight will be in place before August end. He said other routes such as Mumbai, Houston, London and Guangzhou were in the works too. He also thanked the Nigerian government for its support to airlines especially in removing value added tax and waivers on airplane spares.
The Chairman also expressed his gratitude to Nigerians for their continuous support which has made the airline the biggest in West Africa.