By OBINNA EZUGWU
West Africa’s leading airline, Air Peace, has announced it is suspending all flight operations beginning from Friday as part of “converted efforts being made to stop the spread of the pandemic of Coronavirus.”
The airline which made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday, said: “It is with great sense of responsibility that we have decided, in the best interest of our nation, our passengers and workforce, to suspend scheduled flight operations for 23 days, effective from 23.00 hours on Friday, the 27the day of March, 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This difficult decision was reached in order to support the efforts of the Federal Government and other stakeholders in curbing the spread of this virus in our nation, while also protecting our esteemed passengers and staff from becoming victims of the pandemic.”
Another airline, Aero Contractors had also suspended all its flight services for two weeks as part of the efforts to contain the virus.
Ado Sanusi, chief executive officer of the airline, said the suspension, which would commence from Thursday, March 26, would last for two weeks.
“This is also in line with the decision of the Lagos state government, which has prohibited any gathering that is more than 20 persons,” he said
“Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is a global threat to our humanity and considering its devastating effect on many countries where it has led to the death of thousands of people.
“We, therefore, crave the understanding of our esteemed customers to recognise our decision as a responsible corporate citizen and our support for the government’s effort to protect citizens.”
Sanusi said the airline had also taken care of all the future schedule of its customers.
He said the airline would ensure that those who had booked flights with it would be taken to their destinations in its usual safe and efficient service.