The diplomatic row between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) appears to be easing as the latter has allotted six slots to Air Peace, the West African nation’s prominent airline, at the Dubai and Sharjah airports.
James Odaudu, Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, confirmed the development on Tuesday.
Air Peace had requested a slot of three weekly flights from Nigeria to Sharjah Airport in UAE, but only one was granted.
The UAE authorities declined to grant Air Peace equal rights to Sharjah international airport despite Emirates being allowed to operate 21 weekly passenger flights to Nigeria.
However, Odaudu said the UAE aviation authorities allocated six slots to the Nigerian carrier as part of the diplomatic resolution.
“It is confirmed. That was part of the resolution,” TheCable quoted him as saying.
Following the decision of the UAE authorities, the Nigerian government last Thursday to limit the flight operations of the airline from daily flights to a flight of just once per week into Abuja in retaliation.
Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, had, however, on Monday announced that the Federal Government had commenced engaging in talks with its UAE counterpart to resolve the diplomatic tussle.