In a landmark achievement for Air Peace Nigeria Limited, Chairman and CEO Allen Onyema proudly announced the airline’s successful acquisition of the Foreign Carrier Operator Permit and the Third Country Operator Permit. These coveted permits imply a significant milestone, demonstrating Air Peace’s unwavering commitment to meeting and exceeding stringent safety standards required for operating flights to Europe and the United Kingdom.
Onyema, in a recent press release, emphasised the rigorous audit process that precedes the issuance of these permits. He conveyed the airline’s dedication to maintaining the highest safety standards and celebrated the recent approval of these permits.
Further underlining the potential of Nigerian airlines, Onyema revealed Air Peace’s ambitious aircraft orders, totaling 50 new planes. These orders include cutting-edge models like the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 10, as well as the Embraer E195-E2 and E175, reflecting Air Peace’s determination to expand. Notably, other Nigerian carriers like Ibom Air and Overland Airways have also placed substantial orders, signaling a promising future for the industry.
Onyema stressed the pivotal role of government support in the success of Nigerian airlines, highlighting their significant contributions to job creation, economic development, and the nation’s GDP.
Addressing the challenges faced by domestic airlines, Onyema pointed to the absence of transit facilities at international airports in Nigeria. He underscored the importance of enhancing these facilities to bolster the competitiveness of Nigerian airlines in the global arena.
With its strategic location, Air Peace effectively connects passengers from various West and Central African cities to its Lagos hub. From there, the airline offers seamless travel to long-haul destinations: India, China, South Africa, and Jeddah, cementing its position as a crucial regional connector.
Onyema also stressed the urgent need for improved airport infrastructure, and government support, rather than an immediate focus on establishing a national carrier. He called for the development of transit facilities at key airports, similar to those found in other African countries, to promote the growth and prosperity of Nigerian airlines and unlock the full potential of the Single Air Transport Market (SAATAM).