The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has accused Air Peace Airline of disrespect to the stool and the people of Kano State.
Naija News reports that the emir’s cousin and one of his closest allies, Isa Sanusi Bayero, made this accusation in a petition to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Bayero said the airline delayed their Banjul to Lagos flight by over one hour and refused to allow them to board their connecting flight to Kano because they arrived in Lagos 30 minutes before departure time.
He said, “We, 10 of us, including His Highness Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Sarkin Kano and four other business class passengers with additional other five economy class passengers all boarded our return Air Peace flight No. P47776 from Banjul to Lagos.
“Our departure from Banjul was scheduled for 00:10hrs (local time) on 24th February, 2022, however, we departed Banjul at 01:19hrs and we landed at Lagos at 5:45am. Our connecting flight to Kano on the same Air Peace airline was for 6:15 hrs. This gave us only 30 minutes to make our flight to Kano.”
Bayero also knocked the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyeama, for failing to delay their departing flight to Kano as a mark of respect to the revered Emir of Kano.
He said despite having to check into a hotel at personal cost, the airline also requested them to pay a “No-show” fee when they wanted to rebook the next available flight of the airline which was by 7pm.
He said: “He flatly refused and avowed that he will not do that. I personally took this as an insult and a flagrant show of disrespect to his highness and the Kano people at large.”
“It was very disappointing because the delay was the fault of the airline, adding that he was “aware that even with arriving international flights, departing aircrafts – local or international – are often delayed to enable arriving passengers join. Why should that be different with Air Peace Airline?”