BY OUR EDITOR
South African government has given Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, the go ahead to begin commercial flights to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the South African Government has granted request for the Nigerian Designated Airline, Air Peace, to commence commercial flights to Johannesburg, South Africa.
“The confirmation was granted in the process of ascertaining the level of implementation of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and South Africa.
“At the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of the 9th Session of the Nigeria/South Africa Bi-National Commission Summit in Pretoria, South Africa on Friday, Sept. 27.
“The proprietor of Air Peace Airlines, Chief Allen Onyema has also confirmed that the airline would commence operation as soon as possible to promote air travel between Nigeria and South Africa,” Nwonye said.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bi-national meeting focused on consolidation of the subsisting signed Agreements/MoUs between both countries
The Nigeria-South Africa Joint Commission was established in 1999 to promote relations between both countries and it was upgraded to Bi-National Commission (BNC) in 2001.
To showcase the strategic nature of the relationship between the two very important countries, the commission is expected to be further upgraded to the Summit level on October 3.