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COVID-19 – Air Peace downsizes operations, reduces Accra; to suspend Sharjah next week

Suspends Dakar-Senegal; Monrovia-Liberia and cuts down  Freetown; Banjul-Gambia

FOLLOWING the huge impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel worldwide, Air Peace has downsized its operations suspending its flights to Dakar-Senegal and Monrovia-Liberia and cutting down its Freetown-Sierra Leone operations and Banjul-Gambia operations to one flight a week.

The airline will also be suspending international operations into Dubai through Sharjah International airport from next week as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has shut its airports to nationals from other countries

The airline says it would also be reducing its operations into Accra from Lagos to just two flights daily and suspends its Abuja-Accra operations.

Air Peace said it took the decisive decision after an emergency meeting with its top management staff to review its operations in the face of the disease, which the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) has already declared as a global pandemic.

In response to the adverse effects of the pandemic, the airline’s management also announced several measures aimed at addressing the adverse effects occasioned by the disease.

Mrs. Toyin Olajide, the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Air Peace after the emergency meeting said the airline also took the decision to cut down its flights following a tremendous decline in passenger traffic and the need to cut costs.

She said: “Air Peace, as a result of the adverse effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on passenger traffic, has today taken the hard decision to downsize our flight operations in order to cut the mounting costs occasioned by the pandemic.”

She went on to say that as a result of this development, the airline will be suspending its operations to Dakar-Senegal and Monrovia-Liberia and cutting down its Freetown-Sierra leone operations and Banjul-Gambia operations to one flight a week.

She disclosed that the airline would also be reducing its operations into Accra from Lagos to just two flights daily and suspends its Abuja-Accra operations.

“On the domestic scene, we are reducing our frequencies while at the same time, restructuring our operations by deploying our hoppers to more airports.

“Our international operations into Dubai through Sharjah International airport shall be suspended from next week as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has shut its airports to nationals from other countries including but not limited to Nigeria,” she added.

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