Air Peace, Dana Air, others suspend domestic flights over coronavirus

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Following fears over the growing cases of the coronavirus in Nigeria, Air Peace, Arik Air, Dana Air, Azman and Max Air say they will be suspending all their domestic flight services.

The move, they say, is part of efforts to curtail the spread of the virus.

The suspension will become
effective from midnight, March 27, for Air Peace, Arik Air and Azman.

However, Max Air will commence the suspension on March 28 while Dana Air would begin its from midnight of March 25.

Aero Contractors had
on Tuesday said its flight services would be suspended from the midnight of

Spokesman for Dana
Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, said the airline’s suspension would be for two weeks.

Chief Operating
Officer of Air Peace, Toyin Olajide, said the airline’s flight operations would
be suspended for 23 days.

“This difficult
decision was reached in order to, not only, support the efforts of the Federal
Government and other stakeholders in curbing the spread of this virus in our
nation but also to protect our teeming passengers and our staff from becoming
victims of the pandemic,” she said.

“Continuation of
flight operations in the present circumstances we find ourselves as airlines
could lead to the total collapse of any airline hence the need to quickly stem
the rising financial burden and cost of operations.”

According to her,
normal scheduled flight operations would resume on April 20.

Olajide said the
airline would be willing to operate special flights both for the government and
the people.

Chief Executive Officer of Arik Air, Roy Ilegbodu, also said the airline would be available to support government emergency, humanitarian and charter flight requests during the period of suspension of air transport operation.

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