The Chairman of AirPeace airline, Barr. Allen Onyema has urged the Federal Government to resist the temptation to set up a national carrier.
He insisted that experience around the world had proved that the model was at best a drain on lean public resources.
Onyema who stated this over the weekend when he was conferred with an honourary Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at the 9th Convocation Ceremony of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State on Saturday, said the Federal Government should continue to accord Nigerian businesses the needed support to empower them to speed up the nation’s socio-economic development.
Air Peace Onyema emphasized that the airline had continued to lead the way in job creation with the provision of tens of thousands of direct and indirect employment to Nigerians without ethnic considerations as part of the carrier’s contribution to the nation’s economic development.
He confirmed that Air Peace currently had 27 aircraft in its fleet, besides the firm order it recently placed with Boeing for 10 brand new B737 Max 8 aircraft.
According to him, the airline had demonstrated doubtless capacity to fix the challenges of seamless flights on the domestic and international routes.
“Today, we operate into 14 domestic and five regional destinations, with plans for the inauguration of our long-haul flights to Dubai, Sharjah, London, Houston, Guangzhou-China, Mumbai and Johannesburg nearing completion,” he said.