Barely two years after the commencement of the direct flight services between Lagos and Johannesburg, Air Peace has decided to suspend the route.
Information gathered by our correspondent indicated that the airline would suspend the route from August 22, 2022.
The airline in a statement to its travel partner, dated August 8, 2022, and obtained by our correspondent attributed its decision to suspend the route to the turbulent times in the Nigerian aviation industry.
The airline specifically mentioned the continuous skyrocketing price of Jet A1, which is above N800 per litre in the local market, paucity of foreign exchange and the delay in the issuance of visas to Nigerian travelers as some of the reasons.
The airline said: “Due to the turbulent times the aviation industry is experiencing with Jet A1 fuel increases, a lack of forex, and a delay in visa issuance for South African travel passengers.
“Please be advised that the Johannesburg flight operation has been suspended effective August 22nd and will remain so until further notice.
“Passengers with future flight itineraries who wish to join non-affected operational flights should be accommodated at no additional cost. Passengers seeking refunds may also apply.”
Mr. Stanley Olisa, the Spokesman of the airline confirmed the development in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
He, however, said that the suspension was temporary and assured that the airline would return to the route soon.
Air Peace had commenced Lagos-Johannesburg operations in December 2020 but suspended the route due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The airline on October 17, 2021, recommenced the route with two weekly flights.
Air Peace operates its luxury wide-body Boeing 777 aircraft to the route.