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The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Festus Keyamo, on Friday was in London to discuss with the UK officials in the transport department, on how to overcome the issue of direct flights from Lagos to London.


This was disclosed in a statement released on Saturday stating that the minister had the meeting with the management of NORSE Atlantic Airways, led by its CEO, Ben Boiling, in London on Friday.


The discussions centred on the partnership of NORSE Atlantic Airways with Nigeria’s domestic carrier, Air Peace Airline, emphasising that NORSE Atlantic Airways is a major carrier in the UK and Europe.


The statement quoted the Chief Operating Officer of Air Peace Airline, Oluwatoyin Olajide, who was also present as saying, “We are hopeful that the fallout of the meeting would achieve its purpose of enabling Air Peace Airline to commence its flight operations into the United Kingdom, which Nigerians have been yearning for.”


According to the statement, Keyamo made it clear that one of his main goals in office was to help Nigeria’s domestic airlines grow and improve, supporting President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.


Boiling told Keyamo that NORSE Atlantic Airways was ready to start the partnership with Air Peace Airline the moment the final authorisation was granted to the airline for the commencement of direct flights into Gatwick Airport in London from Lagos, Nigeria.


Air Peace has since been permitted to fly into the UK but has been having trouble getting time slots at the Gatwick Airport in London.


“Since securing its authorisation to fly into the UK, after satisfying all the requirements, the issue of slot allocation at Gatwick Airport has been the major obstacle preventing the Airline from commencing the direct flight into London,” the statement read in part.


However, the Department for Transport told Air Peace at the meeting that the UK government has no authority over the allocation of slots needed.


“The officials of the Department for Transport at the meeting made it known that the Government of the UK had no authority over the allocation of slots at the eight primary airports in the UK.


“However, they agreed to raise the concern of the Federal Government of Nigeria with the relevant authorities on the three major issues presented on behalf of Air Peace Airline which were the staggering departure time; restrictive turnaround time; and approval for the  2024 summer schedule,” the statement added.

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