Air Peace has postponed the evacuation of Nigerians willing to return from South Africa till September 9 or September 10.
Okay.ng had earlier reported that the airline will commence airlifting of Nigerians on Friday (Today) free of charge.
However, Allen Onyema, Chairman and CEO of Air Peace, said the evacuation process suffered a setback because majority of those interested in the process have expired passports.
He noted that the airline had already placed its Boeing 777 aircraft on standby since September 3 and was only awaiting for further directive from the federal government.
Onyema said in a statement sent to Okay.ng on Friday:
“The Air Peace flight to South Africa will take off from the Lagos Airport and also return to Lagos. As earlier stated, the take off could be Sept 9 or Sept 10.
“This is because the Nigerians in South Africa have to obtain travel certificates because many of them do not have travel documents and their passports have expired.
“Air Peace has placed its aircraft, Boeing 777 for the flight since Sept. 3, but the Nigerian High Commission needed time to register the Nigerians billed to travel.
“And, they are already doing that in Johannesburg and Pretoria.”