COVID-19: Aero, Air Peace suspend flights services

Major local carriers, Air Peace and Aero Contractors  have suspended all flight services to support the efforts being made to stop the coronavirus pandemic from spreading further.

NAN reports that Ado Sanusi, Aero chief executive officer, said the suspension, which would commence from Thursday, March 26, would last for two weeks.

The airline chief said the management of the airline would review the progress to contain the virus at the expiration of the two weeks before it resumes operations.

Similarly, Air Peace  said it will suspend all flight operations on Friday.

In a notice released by the airline, it said the suspension would last for 23 days.

“Air Peace announces the suspension of all flight operations come Friday as part of concerted efforts being made to stop the spread of the pandemic; coronavirus,” the notice read.

“It is with a great sense of responsibility that we have decided, in the best interest of our nation, our passengers and workforce, to suspend scheduled flight operations for 23 days effective 23.00hrs on Friday (an hour before midnight on Friday) March 27, 2020, as a result of the COVlD-19 pandemic.

“This difficult decision was reached in order to support the efforts of the federal government and other stakeholders in curbing the spread of this virus in our nation. while also protecting our esteemed passengers and staff from becoming victims of the pandemic.”

The airline is the third to suspend operations after the country recorded its first case of COVID-19.

Aero Contractors, had , on Tuesday, announced that it would suspend domestic flights for two weeks because of the pandemic.

The airline chief said the management of the airline would review the progress to contain the virus at the expiration of the two weeks before it resumes operations.

Sanusi said the suspension of all its flight was in support of initiatives and precaution to ensure that there was no community infection in the country.

He said: “This is also in line with the decision of the Lagos state government, which has prohibited any gathering that is more than 20 persons.

“Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is a global threat to our humanity and considering its devastating effect on many countries where it has led to the death of thousands of people.

“We, therefore, crave the understanding of our esteemed customers to recognise our decision as a responsible corporate citizen and our support for the government’s effort to protect citizens.”

Sanusi said the airline had also taken care of all the future schedule of its customers.

He said the airline would ensure that those who had booked flights with it would be taken to their destinations in its usual safe and efficient service.

 

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