Yuletide: Air Peace to increase flights to S’East

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NIGERIA’S frontline indigenous airline, Air Peace, will deploy more planes to the South East route during the forthcoming Christmas and New Year festivities to fly their passengers to their destinations.

  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, stated this in release issued yesterday.

  According to Onyema, the airline is aware of the importance people attach to visiting their families and communities, adding that such home visits also help to address projects and developments in the hinterland.

  Explaining that Air Peace has always assisted its passengers in keeping with its efficient service delivery, Onyema stated that its peerless knowledge of the terrains informs the airline’s resolve to increase South East flight traffic to ensure that people from the zone enjoy the best of the season.

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  “We can do it. We shall, as usual, deploy five flights from Lagos to Owerri from December 20, till the end of the year while Enugu shall, from the same period receive four flights daily from Lagos. Asaba shall receive three flights daily from Lagos. We shall deploy two flights daily out of Lagos to Calabar and Uyo respectively. Port Harcourt shall receive three flights from Lagos. We shall equally deploy three flights daily from Abuja – Owerri from the 21st of December till the end of the year. Same number of flights from Abuja to Enugu while two shall be deployed from Abuja to Asaba. We shall during the period deploy a bigger aircraft on the Calabar and Uyo routes respectively. We shall introduce Enugu-Kano-Enugu from the December 22. Owerri-Kano-Owerri shall follow from December 23,” he said.

Meanwhile, Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Nuhu, over the weekend, predicated a merger of airlines in the aviation sector due to the current crisis that has engulfed the sector.

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  Nuhu made this statement while assessing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the industry in a television programme.

  According to him, the pandemic worsened an already bad situation.

  “The COVID-19 pandemic exaggerated a bad situation; some airlines may not survive but the industry will come back better. It has always gone through crisis but has come out stronger. 

  The airlines operators of Nigeria are coming together to see what they can do to help the situation and they met with me. The industry will be different altogether. I am sure a lot of them will see changes in their model. I won’t be surprised there would be merger activities around airlines to reduce cost and survive. The airlines carry their maintenance out of the country and it is done in foreign exchange.

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  They need to raise enough money to service the aircraft. The airlines have to find a source of raising more naira. Passenger load has decreased during the pandemic. That is why they have been significant increase airfares, they are trying their best and by the time the bailout kicks in, things will be better,” he said.

  Meanwhile, Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Musa Nuhu, over the weekend predicated a merger of airlines in the aviation sector due to the current crisis that has engulfed the sector.

  Nuhu made this statement while assessing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the industry in a television programme.

  According to him, the pandemic worsened an already bad situation.

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