Air Peace and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have disagreed over a N7 million debts accruing as landing, parking and electricity charges at Enugu Airport.
The airline said it has paid over N5 million through Remita platform. The authority said the amount was yet to reflect in its system.
Consequently, Air Peace has accused the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) of peddling false information aimed at tarnishing its good corporate image.
The authority stirred a major controversy at the weekend when the Manager of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu Mr. Mgbemena Orjiako sealed off the airline’s counters over an alleged N7 million debt.
In a briefing, the airline said the action of the manager of the airport disrupted its flight operations for more than two hours and resulted in the loss of millions of naira in revenue.
Air Peace said it had made payments to FAAN before the disruption of its operations in Enugu.
A new turn to the incident, however, emerged on Sunday when a group that claimed to be representing aviation workers quoted FAAN as confirming that it was yet to receive the payments made by Air Peace.
Reacting to the fresh claim in a statement signed by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah, the carrier said it furnished FAAN with the evidence of the two separate payments it made.
The airline said it got reliable information that FAAN had recruited several groups to make false allegations against it in the authority’s bid to lower its corporate reputation in the estimation of right-thinking members of the public.