Nigeria’s major carrier, Air Peace, yesterday announced that it would today resume flights to Johannesburg, South Africa, two months after it suspended service due to high cost of operation. The airline in a statement, said that it would resume flights from October 9, 2022.
“This is to inform the flying public that our Johannesburg service resumes on Sunday, October 9, 2022. The schedules are now live on our website/mobile app, and you can now book your flights to South Africa. We look forward to having you on board,” Air Peace said.
The news comes seven weeks after the airline halted flights on the route due to a delay in the issuance of South African visas to passengers, as well as an increase in aviation fuel prices.
“However, having informed the South African high commission in Lagos of the effects of the difficulty in getting SA visas by Nigerians, which consequence is the abysmally low passenger loads on our flights to and from Johannesburg, we believe that the situation will have improved within the next 60 days.
“Hence, our willingness to resume operations on October 8, 2022,” Air Peace had said in August, 2022.
There are indications that the airline decided to resume service, especially now that the Christmas season approaches, as many Nigerians would like to return to their fatherland.
Aviation experts have commended Air Peace for its decision to return to Johannesburg in order to tame the cut-throat fares introduced on that route since its withdrawal.