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Air Peace to Offer Direct Flights to China

According to CNBC, Air Peace announced this week that it has been made Nigeria's official flag carrier, chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema revealed at the Enugu Economic Summit.

“The government and the flying public created a yearning gap, all the agreements in this country is tilted to one side, the foreign airlines but this government of Muhammadu Buhari has started to do things differently - recognising the local airlines and seeing that in Air Peace there is a lot of quality, so they decided to give us - when we applied it didn’t take time before they gave it to us,” said Allen Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace.

Which Onyema says goes against the usual way Nigeria operates where you need to know somebody to get somewhere.

“I made the application, they made their investigations and they know what Air Peace stands for, so it was very easy for the government to give us the permit to fly as a flag carrier for the country.”

He adds: “I’m going to create a hub of a kind that has never been formed in this country and I am going to use my domestic airline to service the hub.”

This carrier also helps the many Nigerian businessmen that have business in China who have had to spend more than necessary by taking connecting flights to London, Paris and Amsterdam before they can get to China.

"There is no other airline doing China direct, this is the first time any airline for the whole of [the] West African sub-region and central Africa will have a direct flights to China - we saw that gap and we decided to plug it,” he said.

Onyema says as someone from the South East, he has to make sure he gives back to his motherland which is why he started this venture.

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