Air Peace Flight B777 has been granted a landing permit by the South African authorities so that it can fly some more Nigerians fleeing from the xenophobic attacks in the country.
Mr. Godwin Adama, Nigeria’s Consul-General in Johannesburg, disclosed this in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.
Adama broke down the complaint by the Managing Director of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema.
Recall that Onyema had complained about South Africa’s Immigration refusing to grant a landing permit for Air peace, and as a result, the first batch of Nigerians who were flown following the attacks were delayed for a long while.
However, Adama said the permit had been granted the airline and that the flight for the next batch would be late in the night of Tuesday.
Adama said, “They want Nigerians to arrive during the week, they are taking-off from here midnight.
“I do not know the exact time, but they will be leaving (South Africa) midnight.
“I do not know why they were denied the landing permit. I think it is an airline operational issue. They did not get it yesterday; but they told me that it came late yesterday (Monday).
“It was weekend and they were going to get it this morning; the airline did not tell me it was deliberate, but they explained to me that they have gotten it.
“Our manifest arrived last night towards the close of work and they were to take-off 1a.m. Nigerian time yesterday (Monday) but they did not because it was late.
“I have gotten it now; so they will be able to make me know the time of their arrival here so that we can know when to take-off.”
Adama said buses were at the mission premises to transport Nigerians who wish to return home.
He said that the immigration service was still working on the number (320) to see how to fill up the airline capacity with anyone that is readily available.
According to Adama “we are even trying to ensure that the aircraft is filled up; that is why we are readily taking people who are on ground now”.
“We have more than enough to fill the aircraft. The delay has also helped us because as we call names to board, we see some people cleared at the last minute.