Diplomacy Row: UAE succumbs, offers Air Peace 7 slots

The United Arabs Emirates (UAE) has succumbed and offered Air Peace seven flight slots to Dubai.

Earlier in the week, Nigeria had banned Emirates flight to Murtala International Airport over the refusal of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to grant Air Peace three slots to Sharjar.

While making the peace move on Monday night, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority in a letter dated December 13th, to the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema entitled, “Operations of Air Services between Dubai and Nigeria”, signed by the DCAA Director-General, Mohammed A. Ahli stated that, “Relations between our two countries go a long way back and we value these relations immensely.

“We surely wish to facilitate easy and safe travel for the people, between our two brotherly countries”.

The letter further stated, “We write in reference to Air Peace’s possible/intended operations to/from Dubai Airports (DXB).

“We have received information from Dubai Airports with regard to slot availability at DXB –Terminal 1 and as a gesture of goodwill and in support of UAE and Nigeria relations, in case Air Peace wish to start their flights, slots have been blocked by Dubai Airports as A0540LT D0800LT- All days except day six.

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“We would highly appreciate if Air Peace could kindly reach out to Dubai Airports-ACL and inform them of their intentions to operate by Thursday, December 16th, 2021, and accordingly confirm the blocked slots.

“Dubai Airports have also confirmed that dnata-the ground handling agents at DXB have sent the ground handling quotation to Ms. Reham Mustafa- Country Manager and also, Emirates flight catering is working on the quotation and should send it out latest by tomorrow morning.

“For landing permission, they could contact our Air Transport section as detailed below.

“We look forward for Air Peace to operate with utmost confidence to/from DXB at the soonest.

“Dubai Civil Aviation Authority avails itself the opportunity to renew to the Honorable management of Air Peace the assurances of its highest consideration and reiterates its support at all times.”

The authority concluded by saying they “look forward to Air Peace operating with utmost confidence to/from Dubai at the soonest.”

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