Nigeria's Air Peace said it lost over N3 billion due to grounding of three of its aircraft which were damaged at Lagos and Benin airports, leading to flight delays and cancellations.
Disclosing this to the media in Lagos on Monday, the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema said the airline would require about N300 million to repair and put the damaged aircraft back to service.
“We lost three aircraft in one day; two of them in Lagos when there was a collision that destroyed the winglet of these aircraft, and the other incident happened in Benin airport when equipment belonging to Skypower Aviation Handling Co. Ltd damaged one of our aircraft at Benin Airport.
“We had to ground these aircraft and look for how to fix them. In fact, we have lost over N3 billion in the process. We had 24 flights affected and we had to plan in 24 hours how to solve this problem. It was not our making as this meant we had to reschedule or even cancel some flights and also make provisions to entertain the affected passengers at various airports,” Onyema said.
Speaking on unruly passengers, Onyema decried the use of verbal and physical abuses to register their dissatisfaction whenever flights are cancelled or delayed.
According to him, aggrieved passengers verbally abused the airline's staff and beat up one of its elderly staff, stripped him naked and destroyed the airline's facilities. They even entered the airside of an airport and stopped a flight from taking off in protest.
Two of Air Peace's aircraft had last week clipped wings at the tarmac of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja. A day later, another of its aircraft was damaged by a truck at Benin Airport.