Mr. Allen Onyema, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, has revealed the carrier is embarking on massive expansion of its domestic flight operations to tackle air travel difficulties in Nigeria and build bridges of unity across the country.
Onyema spoke on Monday in Kaduna State in an address to mark the commencement of Air Peace’s daily flights from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to the Kaduna International Airport.
The launch of the airline’s Lagos-Kaduna service came exactly a week after the carrier started scheduled flights from Lagos, Abuja and Accra to Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia.
Onyema, who was represented by Air Peace Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah described the launch of the carrier’s Lagos-Kaduna service as a “significant milestone in its vision to unite the country, through air travel and lift the nation’s economy through trade facilitation and massive job creation.”
He said the airline, which also launched its daily flights to Kano and Yola on February 12 and 15, 2018 respectively, was working on setting up mini-hubs across Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa to strategically fix the challenges of air travel.
“Our plan”, he said, “is to massively expand our operations from our base in Lagos into mini-hubs across all regions of Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa.
We assure you that the North of Nigeria will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the massive expansion of our route network and fleet capacity.
Since the first quarter of 2018, we have begun to take delivery of the six 50-seater Embraer 145 aircraft we recently acquired to serve cities with air transport difficulties under our subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper.
“There is no doubt that as the leading and biggest airline in Nigeria with a fleet size of 24 aircraft, we are now more positioned to transform air travel experience in Nigeria, the West Coast of Africa and beyond.
But more importantly, we are proud to use our flight services to build bridges of unity in Nigeria.
We are not just achieving this by extending our flight operations across Nigeria without restriction, we also are doing so with our employment policy that does not discriminate on the grounds of religion, tribe and creed.”
The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris praised Air Peace for commencing flight operations to Kaduna.
The royal father, who was represented by the District Head of Makera, Alhaji Shehu Tijani, assured the airline of the support and patronage of the Zazzau Emirate Council and the people of Kaduna State.
Also speaking shortly after the launch flight, a 50-seater Embraer 145 operated by Capt. Matthew Ekeinde, Capt. Lawali Abubakar, First Officer Henry Khantiok, Lead Crew, Marylinda Okoye and Cabin Crew Executive, Sandra Nwagbologu, touched down to a warm reception and water salute by aviation regulators, workers and leaders of corporate organisations at the Kaduna International Airport at about 9.18 a.m., the acting Airport Manager, Mr. Jacob Ijaluwoye pledged the support of the management of the airport for Air Peace to ensure its success on the Lagos-Kaduna route.