Chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, says seamless air connectivity is sine qua non to the socio-economic development of countries within the West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region.
He stated this during the inaugural flight operations to Freetown , Sierra Leone; Banjul, The Gambia; and Dakar in Senegal.
Onyema said this explains while the airline inaugurated flights to the three countries to contribute its quota to unlocking the economic potentials of Africa.
“The launch of our Freetown, Banjul and Dakar services today brings our regional network to four routes and a total of 16 domestic and West Coast destinations with more than 80 daily flights.
“In the next few weeks, we hope to add five more services to expand our regional route network to a total of nine destinations.
“This broad route network ,we believe, will form a solid base to link African nations and connect the continent to the rest of the world by air,” Onyema said.
Represented by Chris Iwarah, the Corporate Communications Manager, Onyema, disclosed that the airline would soon begin international destinations like Dubai, Guangzhou-China, London, Houston, Mumbai and South Africa.
Representatives of the countries’ aviation authorities, as well as Nigeria’s embassies pledged to support the airline’s drive to ease air transportation in Africa.
At the Freetown International Airport, Lungi, Minister of Transportation, Sierra Leone, Mr. Balogun Koroma urged the airline to meet up to expectations in terms of providing “in-flight quality service, on-time service and adherence to our local content laws by employing our people”, adding,”Air Peace has given us the assurance that they would adhere to that, “Koroma said.
At the Banjul International Airport, Director of Operations, Gambian Airport Authority, Mr. Abdoulie Colley, assured Air Peace of the needed support to ensure hitch-free operations in the country.
Nigerian Ambassador to the Gambia, Prof. Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Ope, noted that the flight inauguration by Air Peace would strengthen bilateral relations between both countries, saying Gambia has had a lot of potentials waiting to be tapped by Nigerians.