Air services

“Nigeria-China relations have improved thanks to flight services”

Nigeria’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Baba Ahmad Jidda, commended the Chinese and Nigerian governments for deepening bilateral relations by approving regular Air Peace flights to Guangzhou-China which started on July 13, 2022.

It was then that the diplomat also called on the Chinese government to ease its travel restrictions for Nigerians wishing to visit the country.

Jidda said so during a courtesy visit to Air Peace Chairman Allen Onyema at the airline’s headquarters in Lagos.

With the addition of Guangzhou, Air Peace now operates a network of three international routes, including Dubai and Johannesburg, seven regional routes and 20 domestic routes, with over 30 aircraft.

Jidda said the approval of the Air Peace flight was due to the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) which took Nigeria and China four years to implement.

The ambassador commended the efforts of Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and those of his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

He said, “I would like to say that as Ambassador, we still have a lot to do to help Air Peace operate comfortably for the benefit of all Nigerians and Chinese. So far, the Chinese are benefiting immensely from Air Peace operations as Nigerians have some difficulties in obtaining visas.

In his remarks, Onyema said he was delighted with the Ambassador’s visit and highlighted the pivotal role he played in ensuring that Air Peace got the statutory green light to launch the route to China.

Onyema hailed the support of the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for the airline, and stressed the need for Nigerians to shed their ethnic differences and support each other.