– Air peace delayed for evacuating Nigerians in south Africa
– The Airline last week evacuated 187 Nigerians from south Africa
– Onyema said that once they get the permit they will set off to South Africa
The Airline”Air peace” scheduled to evacuate second batch of Nigerians in south Africa following xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and businesses has not been granted landing permit.
Air Peace volunteered to evacuate Nigerians willing to return home following the recent violence against foreigners in the southern Africa.
The Airline last week evacuated 187 Nigerians from south Africa.
There was a plan for the airline to evacuate another batch of 320 Nigerians who had indicated interest to return home, with the flight expected to arrive in Lagos at 7.00p.m on Tuesday.
According to the Chairman of Air Peace,Mr Allen Onyema told journalists in Lagos that the airline’s B777 aircraft deployed for the operation was still on standby at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
Onyema said that the aircraft is supposed to have departed Lagos at 1.00 am, but was denied landing permit by the South African authorities.
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“We did not take off at 1:00am as scheduled because South African authorities are yet to give us landing permit.
“We are hopeful that they will give us the permit. Our crew waited till 3:00 am, but when the permit did not come, they went back to the hotel.
“Once we get the permit we will set off to South Africa. We don’t want to speculate but we are hopeful they will give the permit,”Onyema said.