Nigeria: Air Peace Flies 25 Airplanes To Different Parts Of The Country In Readiness For Flight Resumption
An indigenous airline, Air Peace, on Thursday announced that it flew all 25 aircraft in its fleet on June 24 to different parts of the country in readiness for the resumption of domestic flights.
It said the flights were aimed at ensuring that the aircraft were in good condition, having been grounded for close to three months, although they had been under storage maintenance.
“All the aircraft took to the skies flying to Abuja, Port Harcourt and back to Lagos without passengers,” the airline said in a statement by its spokesperson, Stanley Olisa.
Olisa said the flights were part of measures the airline had developed to guarantee the safety of both passengers and crew when operations resume.
He said the aircraft were brought out of storage and the pilots had been testing them, as all pilots and flight attendants had been retrained in line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority directives.
The NCAA has been meeting with airline operators in preparation for resumption of domestic flights.
The authority earlier stated that it would submit the aviation restart plan to the Federal Government on Wednesday.
But the NCAA spokesperson, Sam Adurogboye, could not confirm if the plan had been submitted, as he said he was not aware if it had been submitted when contacted.
On Air Peace’s readiness to resume regular flights, Olisa said, “We have been operating ‘special flights’ to local and international destinations, and we have more of such flights in the works.
“This accentuates our preparedness for operation restart as our pilots, cabin crew and engineers have been hands-on and are current. So, we are 100 per cent ready to resume.”
The airline had been involved in charter and evacuation flights to international destinations based on approvals while the flight ban remained.