Air Peace, Nigeria’s foremost airline has been granted approval by the South African government to commence commercial operations to Johannesburg.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made this disclosure on Monday. The ministry through a release made by its spokesperson, Ferdinard Nwoye noted that the confirmation was granted in the process of ascertaining the level of implementation of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and South Africa.

The statement reads further, “At the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of the 9th Session of the Nigeria/South Africa Bi-National Commission Summit in Pretoria, South Africa on Friday, September 27.”

The Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema has also confirmed that the airline would commence operation as soon as possible to promote air travel between Nigeria and South Africa.

The Nigeria-South Africa Joint Commission was established in 1999 to promote relations between both countries and it was upgraded to Bi-National Commission (BNC) in 2001.

To showcase the strategic nature of the relationship between the two very important countries, the commission is expected to be further upgraded to the Summit level on October 3.

This development is coming a few weeks after the show of patriotism by Air Peace through the free evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa following series of xenophobic attacks on foreigners, Nigerians inclusive by South Africans.