Xenophobia: Air Peace reveals cost of airlifting Nigerian returnees


Air Peace Airline says it would spend N300m to evacuate 320 Nigerians expected to return to the country in the wake of the attack on black foreigners in South Africa.

Air Peace stepped forward to airlift Nigerians trapped in the xenophobia attack pro bono.

The Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Mrs Toyin Olajide, on Wednesday revealed how much it would cost in money to evacuate those Nigerians.

Olajide said the evacuation would cost the airline about N300m including payment of passenger service charge, aeronautical and other charges.

Meanwhile it airlifted 187 Nigerians, who arrived the Lagos Airport on Wednesday with the South African authorities said to have delayed the flight for over 12 hours.

Report said the South African government were deliberating frustrating the evacuation effort by cancelling visas that were issued to the returning Nigerians.

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