Emirate flight suspension: Air Peace counters UAE

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The claim by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that Air Peace pulled out of Sharjah Airport has been described as false and deliberate attempt to damage the airline’s perception in public eye.

This was contained in a letter addressed to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, by the Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace, Oluwatoyin Olajide.

He said the claims by aviation authorities in the UAE on why the country denied its flight slots are untrue.

The airline, however, requested the UAE aviation authority to retract the statement and tender an apology.

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority had last week blamed Air Peace for pulling out of Sharjah Airport and “so should not expect to retain its flight frequency there”.

Earlier, the federal government had cut Emirate’s slots from 21 to one in retaliation to the UAE’s treatment of Air Peace. The move made the Dubai-based Emirates suspend all its flights to Abuja and Lagos.

“We do not see what wrong Air Peace has done in this whole saga. We are the ones being wronged, and now we are being attacked from a quarter we least expected,” Air Peace said.

“Air Peace has only operated flights into Sharjah Airport alone. The letter went further to deliberately damage our perception in the eyes of the unsuspecting public by stating ‘it would be unreasonable for an airline to expect any airport to maintain their slots when they ceased operating at that airport’!

“We did several evacuation flights out of Sharjah. So, we never left Sharjah Airport nor did we at any time ‘shifted’ and operated out of DXB (Dubai Airport). The letter deliberately painted us as unserious while at the same time suggesting that we look for other airports in the country to operate from.

“We do not want to join issues in the public space with them as it is unhelpful to both countries. To this end therefore and, for the fact that this falsehood contained in the said letter has painted us in a bad light and gone viral we demand apology. 

“Even though the UAE Minister of Economy may have been misinformed by his aides, we, still, and humbly demand a retraction of the offending accusation of “stopping, shifting and returning” and an unreserved apology tendered to Air Peace.”

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