From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
Nigerian carrier, Air Peace’s international route expansion drive has received a boost following the approval by the South African government of the carrier to operate commercial flights into cities in the rainbow nation.
The approval was confirmed by the Federal Government of Nigeria as the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ferdinard Nwonye in a statement noted that the request received the blessings of the South African authorities at a Bilateral trade round table talks last week.
According to him, the FG team are engage in the process of ascertaining the level of implementation of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between two African leading economies at the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of the 9th Session of the Nigeria/South Africa Bi-National Commission Summit in Pretoria, South Africa on September 27, 2019.
The document states that “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the South African Government has granted request for the Nigerian designated airline, Air Peace to commence commercial flights to Johannesburg, South Africa.”
It added that Air Peace Airlines Chairman and CEO, Mr. Allen Onyema, restated the airline commitment to fly the Nigerian flag on the route which over the years has no Nigerian flag as soon as possible as part of trade promotion between the countries.
Air Peace has received worldwide commendations for evacuating Nigeria citizens caught in the web of the recent xenophobic attacks targeted at foreign nationals across cities in South Africa.