Air Peace Boss Seeks Enabling environment For indigenous Airlines To Succeed

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Air Peace, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olajide

By Yunus Yusuf

Lagos – The Chief Operating Officer, Air Peace, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olajide, has urged the to create an enabling for indigenous airlines to succeed by putting in place facilities and equipment.

Olajide made the appeal in an with the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos Sunday.

She noted that government also ensure the provision good for smooth conduct air travel services.

Olajide noted that improvement was still needed in the industry to help airlines survive.

“The airlines be given some incentives and reduce all the multiple charges and taxation.

“Government needs to stop multiple destinations to foreign carriers. Foreign carriers not be allowed to conduct domestic operations within Nigeria.

“This is suicidal and injurious to the survival of domestic operators in Nigeria,” she said.

Olajide advised that government should withhold permits from foreign carriers any route that an indigenous carrier was ready to commence flight operations or already operating .

“The government and regulatory bodies should see airlines as being their partners in progress. Once this is done, conducting business will be significantly easier and it will go a long way in developing the sector.

“Once we can have all that in place in the areas of airport , right landing aids, right operating , then this country will have a very viable aviation sector.

“It is possible and doable because this is industry that generates huge revenue for the economy of this country.

“It is industry that the government needs to pay attention to. We don’t want to destroy it,” she said.

the assessment of Air Peace operations in 2019, she said some routes were launched and more importantly, it commenced its Dubai flight operations.

“We fly to 22 destinations in seven countries. This same year, we signed contracts for the purchase of aircraft.

“We are currently expecting 13 Embraer 195-E2 Jets; some of which will be delivered in the first quarter of 2020.

“Also, we made debut appearance at the biennial Dubai Air Show where of the E195-E2 jets was displayed.

“This is growth. For an airline that is just half a decade achieving all these strides in kind of , I think it is an amazing success,’’ she said.

According to her, growth is sustained by commitment to excellence; greatest asset is integrity; and our greatest goal is safety coupled with on-time departure.

“These have greatly contributed to our growth in the aviation sector, making us a force to be reckoned with in Nigeria and West Africa.

“Yes, there have been challenges this year but the wins outweigh them and we focus on the wins,” Olajide said.

On plans for 2020, she said that the airline would be taking delivery of some of its Embraer 195-E2 Jets which would operations both locally and regionally.

“Also, we intend to commence flying some of our international routes. We are intensifying efforts to make this happen in the first half of 2020.

“So, our esteemed customers and the flying will have more aircraft to aid their transportation,” she said.