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Air Peace has asked the Federal Government to prevent foreign carriers from operating domestic flights in the country.

According to the Chief Operating Officer, Air Peace, Oluwatoyin Olajide, while speaking in Lagos, allowing foreign carriers to operate domestic flights would have serious negative implications on indigenous carriers in the country. She added that the government needed to stop multiple destinations to foreign carriers.

“Foreign carriers should not be allowed to conduct domestic operations within Nigeria. Government needs to stop multiple destinations to foreign carriers. This is suicidal and injurious to the survival of domestic operators in Nigeria,” she said.

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The Air Peace boss stressed on the need for government to create an enabling environment for indigenous airlines to succeed by putting in place top-notch facilities and equipment, instead of granting licenses to foreign carriers to operate domestically.

Olajide also disclosed that government and regulatory bodies needed to see the airlines as strategic partners in the development of the aviation industry in Nigeria.

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She also said it would be in the government’s best interest to support the industry and not destroy it as the industry is a major revenue earner for the country.

“The government and regulatory bodies should see airlines as being their partners in progress. Once this is done, conducting business will be significantly easier and it will go a long way in developing the sector. Once we can have all that in place in the areas of airport infrastructure, right landing aids, right operating environment, then this country will have a very viable aviation sector.  

“It is possible and doable because this is one industry that generates huge revenue for the economy of this country. It is one industry that the government needs to pay attention to. We don’t want to destroy it,” Olajide said.

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On the achievement of Air Peace in an assessment of the company’s performance in 2019, the COO stated that some new routes were launched and more importantly, Air Peace commenced its Dubai flight operations.

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“We now fly to 22 different destinations in seven countries. This same year, we signed contracts for the purchase of new aircraft. We are currently expecting 13 Embraer 195-E2 Jets; some of which will be delivered in the first quarter of 2020.

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“Also, we made our debut appearance at the biennial Dubai Air Show where one of the E195-E2 jets was displayed. This is growth. For an airline that is just half a decade old achieving all these strides in our kind of environment, I think it is an amazing success,’’ Olajide said.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Airpeace should show they are capable of handling the domestic flights demands in the country and not just taking advantage of their popularity to rip off travelers as observed in the unavailability of flights to some destinations for instance prior to or just after weekends and the corresponding huge price swings (0 – 200%) that those lucky to get a seat have to deal with.

  2. The federal govt duty and responsibility is to protect local industry That being said sometimes competition very important and necessary to avoid undue monopoly and efficiency of service local airline in the country. Most importantly Nigeria Govt or private company should invest heavily in aircraft service hanger to reduce capital flight and undue delay aircraft delay when undergoes services oversees. country Nigeria service hanger can become a service hub to west and central African countries and beyond .Lastly the federal Government should slash various taxes levy on aviation industry in the country especially the local carriers and creates conducive environment should also be government priority to aviation n Nigeria,.The constant scarcity aviation fuel should be a thing of the past. In a nutshell domestic airline operation health for the country to avoid total monopoly of local carriers in the country .The federal and private needs to focus on excellent services of operates aircraft fall to meet up should be suspended with heavier fined

  3. The FG should permit competition. Who ever want to run domestic do it at very low price with none delay in departure and arrival .the so call foreign are not foreign. They are Nigerians trying to use that to move dollars and pounds out as return on investment (ROI) ENOUGH of this game .FG should permit charter flight within the country to fight these monopoly and prize hike by flight operator .

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