Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, has explained why Air Peace was denied landing rights by Canadian authorities.
An Air Peace flight scheduled to evacuate 200 Nigerians from Canada on Thursday was said to have been cancelled.
In a statement on Wednesday by the airline, it said; “The management of Air Peace wishes to announce that its evacuation flight to Canada previously scheduled for May 14, 2020, has been postponed due to logistics issues as communicated to the airline by the Nigerian High Commission in Canada,” the statement by Air Peace read.
“Once the issues are resolved with the Canadian authorities and a new date is issued by the High Commission, we shall duly communicate same to the public.”
However while clarifying the postponement of the flight on Thursday, Onyeama, said the airline doesn’t have licence to undertake commercial flights to that country.
“This is the case indeed that the Canadian government denied landing rights on the grounds that this particular Nigerian carrier did not have licence to undertake commercial flights to that country and was not known to that country for commercial flights,” he said.
“Our high commissioner in Canada is engaging with the Canadian government on this issue and we’re hopeful that we can have the decision reversed.
“The argument that he’s putting forward, which is a strong argument, is that this is not a regular commercial flight to Canada to take passengers, but that this is an emergency flight and that there is a difference between the two. So, the negotiations are ongoing and we are hopeful that there will be a positive result.”