South Africa refuses Air Peace’s landing permit and blocks the evacuation of Nigerians
South African authorities have banned Air Peace from landing at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport. This refusal by the South African authorities to grant an airline landing permit has again led to a disruption in the evacuation of Nigerians following the ongoing xenophobic crisis in that country.
Air Peace President Allen Onyema, who confirmed this to journalists in Lagos, said the airline’s efforts to obtain a permit from the South African authorities had failed. The airline, he said, could not take off at 1 pm as scheduled due to the refusal of the landing permit.
He said: “We did not take off at 1 p.m. as planned, as the South African authorities have not yet given our landing permit. We hope they will give us the permit. Our team waited until 3 p.m., but when the permit did not arrive, they returned to the hotel. Once the permit is obtained, we will go to South Africa. We don’t want to speculate, but we hope they’ll give the permit.”