…Brings Back Over 300 Nigerians From Asia
Nigeria’s leading carrier, Air Peace, said it dispatched two B777 aircraft with registration numbers 5N-BWI and 5N-BVE, to Malaysia and India, on July 10, 2020, to airlift citizens of both countries and Singaporeans from Nigeria and returned to the country with over 300 Nigerians from different countries in Asia.
Among the evacuees airlifted from Nigeria include about 250 Indians in one of the many evacuation flights done by the Nigerian carrier to the world’s second most populated country.
Air Peace said both flights returned safely to Abuja and Lagos Saturday night, evacuating over 300 stranded Nigerians from Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia in one flight, while the second flight brought in some stranded Nigerians in India and over 200 Indians working in Nigeria.
The airline also explained that the stranded Nigerians from Malaysia and Thailand, who had lost hope of being evacuated, commended Air Peace for coming to their rescue at an affordable fare, noting that no airline in the world outside that owned by Nigerians would have airlifted them at that fare.
The excited passengers were full of praises for the airline and the federal government of Nigeria for its support.
Contacted, Air Peace Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Toyin Olajide, thanked the Federal Government of Nigeria for all the support and assured that with such continued support, Air Peace and indeed, other Nigerian carriers would stand shoulder to shoulder with other notable carriers in the world.
She singled out the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, and commanded them not only for the support they have given the airline but also for the succour they gave Nigerians living abroad by providing them the opportunity to return home.
She said the fact that foreign governments have started using Air Peace to evacuate their nationals is an evidence of what the airline can do and other Nigerians carriers subject to the stringent regulatory conditions by the Nigerian Civil Aviation
Authority (NCAA), adding that Air Peace is efficiently and effectively managed and could compete with another carrier globally.
Olajide also disclosed that besides bringing Nigerians back from the UK, India, China, Turkey, Kenya, Uganda, among others, the airline has equally been contracted by governments of Israel, China, India, and now Malaysia to evacuate their citizens.