Air Peace has explained that the Coronavirus lockdown and its other effects are the reasons why the airline experience reduction of its flight frequencies.
Its Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Toyin Olajide, said the coming of COVID-19 devastated airlines worldwide including the carrier, which is not immune to the crisis.
Mrs. Olajide explained that the airline had several aircraft out on C-check maintenance abroad before COVID-19 and were caught up with the global lockdown, forcing the suspension of aircraft maintenance. She noted that the aircraft ferried overseas for checks that time were supposed to have since come back one after another but because of lockdown in those countries, the aircraft did not come back at the scheduled time.
But the aircraft are now returning to full flight operations and the airline assured that it would connect all its domestic, regional, and international destinations in coming days.
“In recent times, our teeming customers have been worried that our flight frequencies have been drastically reduced to about 30per cent of our capacity before COVID-19. They are equally worried that their favourite airline has also suspended their flight operations to some destinations.
“The above scenario has created some worries of varying degrees in the minds of those who really care for us- our customers. We wish to state here and now that there is no cause for alarm. We remain the airline to beat.
“Covid-19 affected airlines everywhere in different ways. In our own case, we had several aircraft out on C-check maintenance abroad before COVID-19,” she said.
These aircraft were supposed to have since come back one after another but because of lockdown in those countries since February, the maintenance facilities shut down too. No maintenance took place. The Nigerian C-check regime is driven by calendar, which implies that every aircraft has a time frame they must go for mandatory checks which is usually between 18months-24months,” the COO explained.