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Africa: Nigerian Airline, Air Peace debunks claims of lack of capacity made by Former Aviation Minister, Sirika

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Nigerian Carrier, Air Peace has debunked the claims made by former Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika that the airline stopped its operation to the Dubai due to lack of capacity.

Sirika while on a live programme on Arise TV on Sunday said the airline could not continue its Dubai operation which it started on July 2019 due to lack capacity.

But Air Peace in a statement signed by the airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Toyin Olajide, said the airline stopped the operating the route due to the United Arab Emirate Government visa ban on Nigerians.

“Sirika said the airline stopped flying to Dubai because ‘we lack capacity’. This is another stark lie.

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“Air Peace never stopped the Dubai operations because of lack of capacity. Air Peace commenced operations into the UAE in July, 2019, but in October 2022, the UAE Government announced a total visa ban on Nigerians.

“Neither Emirates nor Air Peace is operating the Nigerian/UAE route since the ban. The persisting non-issuance of visas and the accompanying inconveniences necessitated the suspension of our Dubai operations from November 22, 2022 till date.

For the former minister to ascribe the suspension to ‘lack of capacity’ is not only shocking but also shows how keen he is to disparage an airline which ascendancy, has defied all the commercial odds and hostile environment placed on its path to continue to serve our nation proudly.

“How could an airline that placed a firm order for 13 brand new E2-195 aircraft, a firm order of 15 Boeing 737 Max 8 & Max 10, with over 30 aircraft already in its existing fleet be accused of lacking in capacity?

“How can an Airline that stood up for the entire nation during the Covid-19 outbreak, and embarked on rescue operations worldwide, evacuating Nigerians from far away China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, UK and South Africa during the Covid-19 lockdowns be accused of lacking capacity?

“We implore the general public to disregard these lies told by the former minister of Aviation against Air Peace during the Arise TV Interview.

“We take serious exception to a situation where Air Peace is being misrepresented in the public sphere, causing wrong perceptions about our brand.”

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