Air Peace Nigeria Limited's Chairman and CEO, Allen Onyema, announced that the airline has achieved a significant milestone by securing both the Foreign Carrier Operator Permit and Third Country Operator Permit. This achievement comes after rigorous audits, confirming Air Peace's adherence to stringent safety standards, and subsequently qualifying the airline to operate flights to Europe and the United Kingdom.
Onyema shared this noteworthy development through an official press statement, stating, "We have successfully obtained the permits necessary to commence flights to the UK. Prior to obtaining these approvals, we underwent a comprehensive and meticulous audit process, which we satisfactorily passed. We were granted the permit just last week."
Onyema went on to underline the remarkable capacity of Nigerian airlines, challenging industry misconceptions. He specifically highlighted Air Peace's substantial aircraft orders, which encompass 33 firm orders and 17 purchase rights, totaling 50 new aircraft. This diverse order includes Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 10 models, as well as Embraer E195-E2 and E175 models. Notably, other Nigerian carriers like Ibom Air and Overland Airways have also placed substantial orders, underscoring the robust growth within the industry.
Emphasizing the pivotal role of government support for these airlines, Onyema underscored their contribution to job creation, economic development, and the country's GDP. He stated, "The employment opportunities generated by a single Nigerian airline surpass those created by all foreign airlines operating within Nigeria. Therefore, the federal government should recognize the utmost importance of supporting Nigerian airlines."
Onyema identified the challenges that domestic airline operations face in Nigeria, with the lack of transit facilities at international airports within the country being a major concern. He commended both Nigerians and the federal government for their contributions to Air Peace's success as the airline celebrated its ninth anniversary. However, Onyema noted that the absence of transit facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja has hindered the competitiveness of Nigerian airlines on the global stage.
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