Air Peace on Monday resumed its Kaduna flight services. The airline also pledged to maintain its standard on safety and comfort of its passengers.
The airline explained that it suspended its Lagos-Kaduna-Lagos flights on October 21, 2018, in order to safeguard lives of its customers and staff due to the crisis that engulfed the state.
The Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah, said the airline restored its Kaduna flights based on the state government's assurance that the security situation had improved.
The airline empathised with members of the flying public who were affected by the suspension of its flights into and out of Kaduna, commending them for their cooperation and understanding while the development lasted.
The airline reiterated that it would continue to sustain its observance of strict safety standards in its flight operations to safeguard the lives of its customers, crew and other staff.
Iwarah, said Air Peace has maintained high safety standard since it started operation four years ago and explained that it cannot compromise its standard operating procedure, no matter the circumstances.
"We are reputed for running a very strict safety and maintenance programme and have sustained this in the four years of our flight operations. In the last four years of our flight services, our operations have been subjected to the scrutiny of reputable corporate and regulatory organisations and we acquitted ourselves creditably. Just within two years of our operations, we secured our International Air Transport Association Organisational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. Our IOSA certificate was renewed in April 2018 after our operations were subjected to a tougher scrutiny by IATA.
"We quite understand that aircraft are machines and as such can malfunction without warning. Besides, weather is a recurring issue in aviation all over the world. When there is a technical or weather challenge, our practice is never to take any risk however slight the situation may be.
"We have mandated our pilots to always err on the side of safety and they have continued to display professional discipline in this regard. When our pilots have any doubt with regard to technical or weather issues, the practice is to return to base or divert to the closest airport for checks or to wait till it is safe to operate the flight," Iwarah said.
He also noted that although the airline's pro-safety approach comes with a huge financial burden, "we are pleased that its guarantees the lives of our valued guests, crew and other members of the Air Peace family, including our chairman and directors who fly us because they are sure of the depth of maintenance we do," Air Peace said.