The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has petitioned the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to take punitive measures against Air Peace for refusing to delay a scheduled Lagos-Kano flight in order to accommodate the traditional ruler.
The petition was written by Isa Bayero, Chief Protocol Officer, to the Emir who doubles as his nephew.
The petition accused Air Peace of delaying their Banjul to Lagos flight by over one hour. Further, it claimed that the airline refused to allow them board their connecting flight to Kano because they arrived Lagos 30 minutes before departure time; even as it held that the original delay had been the fault of Air Peace.
“We, 10 of us, including His Highness Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero; Sarkin Kano and four other business class passengers; with additional other five economy class passengers all boarded our return Air Peace flight No. P47776 from Banjul to Lagos.
‘‘Our departure from Banjul was scheduled for 00:10hrs (local time) on 24th February, 2022. However, we departed Banjul at 01:19hrs and we landed at Lagos at 5:45am. Our connecting flight to Kano on the same Air Peace airline was for 6:15 hrs. This gave us only 30 minutes to make our flight to Kano,” the petition read in part.
Bayero disclosed that he personally called the chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, to inform him of the situation. Thereafter, he had requested him to assist by delaying their departing flight to Kano; notably as a mark of respect to the Emir.
However, Bayero stated that Onyema had refused.
“I personally took this as an insult…A flagrant show of disrespect to his highness and the Kano people at large. Arriving international flights, departing aircrafts- local or international – are often delayed to enable arriving passengers to join.
“Why should that be different with Air Peace Airline?
“Despite having to check into a hotel at personal cost; the airline also requested us to pay a “no-show” fee when they wanted to rebook the next available flight of the airline which was by 7pm.
“This is an extreme case of insensitivity and callousness.
“In view of the foregoing, I feel strongly aggrieved and demand your kind intervention for restitution and for appropriate measures to be taken to stop this unwholesome development from happening in the future.”
Meanwhile, NCAA Director General, Musa Nuhu, confirmed receipt of the letter but declined further comment.
“I can only say we received the letter. We are working on it but I cannot say anything about it,” he said.
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