The Air Peace flight billed to airlift Nigerians from South Africa has been delayed because authorities at the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg is yet to give a permit to the airline for the flight.
The flight was billed to take off by 1:00 am early Tuesday and arrive at Johannesburg by 7:00 am.
The flight was also planned to leave the OR Tambo International Airport Johannesburg by noon back to Nigeria, to arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos by 7:00 pm.
But with this delay, it is uncertain when the flight would take off to South Africa or when it would land.
The Chairman and CEO, Allen Onyema who confirmed this said, “We did not take off by 1:00 am as scheduled because South African authorities are yet to give us landing permits. We are hopeful that they will give us the permit. Our crew waited till 3:00 am but when the permit did not come, they went back to the hotel. Once we get the permit we will set off to South Africa. We don’t want to speculate but we are hopeful they will give the permit,” Onyema said.
Air Peace is expected to evacuate the second batch of returnees, numbering 320 Nigerians as a result of the xenophobic attacks on Africans by South African indigenes.