Nigeria's Air Peace has commenced direct flights to Guangzhou in China on Wednesday July 13, 2022, becoming the first Nigerian airline to break into the Chinese market.
The inaugural flight to Guangzhou from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, which was operated by a Boeing 777-300, recorded an impressive load factor of 66% having carried 240 passengers.
The direct services between Lagos and Guangzhou are scheduled to operate once a week for now. Frequencies will be increased as travel demand rebounds.
Reacting to this development, the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Honourable Nnolim Nnaji commended the management of Air Peace for achieving this uncommon feat.
Honourable Nnaji’s noted that the commencement of direct flight to China by Air Peace would bring a huge relief to Nigerians and citizens of other African countries who travel regularly on business trips to China.
The Aviation Committee Chairman stressed that Nigeria and indeed Africa shared huge business and cultural ties adding that the direct airlink would further strengthen such relationships.
Nnaji further praised Airpeace for mustering the courage to begin the long haul flight at the time the entire airlines globally were just struggling to overcome the enormous negative impact of COVID-19 on the aviation sector.
Honourable Nnaji who represents Njanu East/West Federal Constituency of Enugu State in the House of Representatives however assured that the legislature would continue to work with the executive to ensure a robust aviation industry in the country.