Nigeria High Commission in London has revealed the reason Air Peace airline was denied landing rights to evacuate some stranded Nigerians amid COVID-19 Pandemic.
According to the Commission, Air Peace has a landing clearance issue without which no airline is allowed to operate on the foreign territory.
However, intending evacuees have been redirected to board Air Partner airline which has been authorised to conduct operations in adherence to safety rules to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Evacuees have been rescheduled to depart Gatwick airport on Tuesday July 14 by 10am.
This was contained in a statement release by the commission.
“This is to inform all prospective evacuees that have been issued tickets for the Air Peace flights departing on July 13, 2020, from London Heathrow to Abuja and Lagos, that due to landing clearance issues, the flights have been rescheduled to depart on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 10:00am from Gatwick Airport,” the statement read.
“Furthermore, Air Peace Airlines has contracted Air Partner to operate the flight on its behalf and any other information will be communicated directly to the passengers.
“In light of the foregoing, the mission wishes to extend its appreciation to the chairman and management of Air Peace Limited for ensuring that our stranded nationals in the United Kingdom returm home safely. ”