With activities in the aviation sector steadying towards normalcy, indigenous carrier, Air Peace, has expanded its flight operations to Jamaica.
Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Toyin Olajide, while making this announcement on Thursday, said the airline will resume regional and international flights in December as they look to bounce back from the negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
While explaining that Air Peace frequencies and destinations were reduced because the company’s aircraft were out of the country undergoing checks before the imposition of lockdowns, she said the checks were in line with the Nigerian C-check regime which requires every aircraft to go for mandatory checks between 18 to 24 months.
Mrs. Olajide noted that the airline’s aircraft will return to the country from next week with an addition of three brand new aircraft, adding that double flights will be implemented for destinations like Uyo, Calabar, Kano, Yola, Akure, and Sokoto, while multiple frequencies will be restored for trips to Owerri, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Abuja, and Benin.
She added that the regional and international flights which shall commence in December will cover Accra, Banjul, Freetown, Dakar, Monrovia, Dubai, and Johannesburg.
“In recent times, our teeming customers have been worried that our flight frequencies have been drastically reduced to about 30 percent of our capacity before COVID-19. They are equally worried that their favorite airline has also suspended their flight operations into some destinations.
“Covid-19 affected airlines everywhere in different ways. In our own case, we had several aircraft out on C-check maintenance abroad before COVID-19. These aircraft were supposed to have since come back one after another but because of lockdown in those countries since February, the maintenance facilities shut down too. No maintenance took place.
“We spare no effort in making sure that all our aircraft are well maintained in the best maintenance facilities worldwide. We are bouncing back.
“We shall compensate those suspended destinations like Uyo, Calabar, Kano, Yola, Akure, and Sokoto with double flights while restoring multiple frequencies to the likes of Owerri, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Abuja, and Benin,” she added.