Posted by News Express | 19 March 2020 | 1,612 times
By KELVIN OSA OKUNBOR
Air Peace said it is downsizing flight operations in response to the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, the carrier said it is suspending flight operations on the Lagos / Sharjah / Dubai route as well as the Lagos / Dakar and Lagos / Monrovia routes.
But it will be cutting flights to Accra, Banjul and Freetown.
Chief Operating Officer, Air Peace, Mrs. Toyin Olajide disclosed these in an interview in Lagos on Thursday.
She said the airline took the decisive decision after an emergency meeting with its management to review operations in the face of the disease, which the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) has already declared as a global pandemic.
The management, she said, also announced several measures aimed at addressing the adverse effects occasioned by the disease.
Olajide said the airline also took the decision to cut down its flights following a tremendous decline in passenger traffic and the needs to cut costs.
She said: “Air Peace, as a result of the adverse effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on passenger traffic, has today taken the hard decision to downsize our flight operations in order to cut the mounting costs occasioned by the pandemic.”
She noted that as a result of the development, the airline will be suspending its operations to Dakar-Senegal and Monrovia-Liberia and cutting down its Freetown-Sierra leone operations and Banjul-Gambia operations to one flight a week.
She disclosed that the airline would also be reducing its operations into Accra from Lagos to just two flights daily and suspend its Abuja-Accra operations.
“On the domestic scene, we are reducing our frequencies while at the same time, restructuring our operations by deploying our hoppers to more airports.
“Our international operations into Dubai through Sharjah International airport shall be suspended from next week as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has shut its airports to nationals from other countries including but not limited to Nigeria,” she added. (The Nation)
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