Keyamo, Uzoka-Anite, NCAA DG Commend Air Peace As Airline Begins Direct Flights To  London
Alice Onyema, Vice Chairman , Air Peace, (5th left); Dr Allen Onyema, Chairman (6th left); Mr Festus Keyamo SAN, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development (9th left) flanked by crew members during Air Peace Lagos-London inaugural flight ceremony marking Air Peace entry into the European Continent held at the New Terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Friday.

Keyamo, Uzoka-Anite, NCAA DG Commend Air Peace As Airline Begins Direct Flights To  London

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Nigerians have commended Air Peace for its successful inaugural flight from Lagos to London on Saturday, 30 March 2024 with  260 passengers, marking the resumption of flight service since 2019 by an indigenous carrier to one of the most lucrative routes from the country.

The airline, which operated a 274-seat capacity Boeing 777 for its maiden flight, held a brief ceremony at the Muhammed International Airport (New Terminal) to celebrate the occasion.

Some of the dignitaries present at the occasion include the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite, acting Director, General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Chris Najomo, the Chairman and CEO of United Nigeria Airlines, Professor Obiora Okonkwo, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), former Director General of NCAA, Board Member of Air Peace, Benedict Adeyileka and many others.

Keyamo, Doris Uzoka-Anite, NCAA DG Commend Air Peace as Airline Commences Direct Flights to London

Many of the passengers on the Air Peace flight to London said the flight was long awaited and it signaled a new dawn in the travel industry in Nigeria, adding that Air Peace is a Nigerian project and Nigerians should be commended for making this possible.

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“It’s a new dawn for travellers. We are tired of exploitative fares charged by foreign carriers. Air Peace is changing the narrative of air travel with this maiden flight. We see that fares are gradually reducing since Air Peace announced the flight to London. This is good for air travel and Nigeria,” Tony Ike, a passenger on the flight said.

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Keyamo who was obviously elated by the result of the hard work and commitment he and others in government had made to pave the way for the airline to begin operations to London, promised that the Federal Government would continue to protect the airline and other Nigerian carriers that might want to operate international service.

He said the commencement of direct Lagos-London route by Air Peace would ease the pressure on naira, while the demand for foreign exchange by Nigerians and foreign airlines would reduce.

Keyamo, Uzoka-Anite, NCAA DG Commend Air Peace As Airline Begins Direct Flights To  London
Festus Keyaomo, SAN, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development speaking during a brief ceremony at the Murtala Muhammed international Airport, Lagos to mark the commencement of Air Peace flight operations to London,

Keyamo explained that the start of the route by the airline had also compelled some mega carriers on the Lagos-London route to drop fares and assured of government support.

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite, described the feat by Air Peace as the convergence of innovation, determination, and the unwavering commitment to excellence.
“Nigeria has needed a local airline flying directly to the UK for a number of years. Air Peace proudly wears the badge of ‘Made in Nigeria’. It is a symbol of our collective effort to showcase our capabilities to the world. From the skilled hands that maintain the aircraft to the warm smiles of the cabin crew, every aspect of Air Peace reflects the spirit of our nation.

“Let us reflect on the economic impact of this flight. Air Peace’s presence in London is not merely about arrivals and departures; it is about trade, investment, and collaboration. By choosing Air Peace, you choose to invest in Nigeria. You choose to empower local businesses, create jobs, and strengthen our economy. In December 2023, the UK exported £185 million to Nigeria and we imported £154 million, resulting in a negative trade balance of £30.8 million. This is a trend we wish to change in Nigeria’s favour and an additional trade route is a major step in the right direction,” she said.
She added that the choice of Nigerians to fly with Air Peace is a vote of confidence, adding that the airline has a commendable safety record, holding a 7 out of 7 safety rating according to Airline Ratings and has successfully undergone the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification four times, signifying its commitment to rigorous safety standards.

Doris Uzoka Anike
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anite

“So I entreat all potential passengers to trust them to carry you safely across continents and remember that you are part of a movement—a movement that encourages Nigerians to patronize their own. Let us be ambassadors in the skies, sharing stories of our rich heritage, our vibrant culture, and the warmth that defines us,” Uzoka-Anite added.

Similarly, Capt. Chris Najomo, acting director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCCA), insisted that for indigenous airlines to succeed on any international routes, it was necessary for the government to adopt the Fly Nigeria Act for public officials.

Also, he promised that the apex regulatory body would support Air Peace and other indigenous airlines to succeed on international routes unlike in the past.


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