… as Makinde Pledges Support to Airline
Air Peace has launched scheduled flight operations to Ibadan Airport as the airline was received by the Olubadan of Ibadan, His Highness, Oba Saliu Adetunji at the Airport
The inaugural flight, operated with the airline’s brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft, touched down at about 11 am and was greeted with water cannon by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), fire service unit.
In his welcome address, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said the coming of Air Peace Airline to the state is a big relief to the teaming city travellers as the airline has immediately “crashed the airfare from Ibadan to Abuja to an affordable level.”
Makinde, said the state would make the route an economically viable one for the airline, adding: “The coming of Air Peace will strengthen and enhance the economy of the state. We have a dry Port here that will facilitate the clearing of goods in record time.
“This will take the stress off importers in the state and neighbouring states and save them the stress of going to Lagos port to clear goods.”
Speaking, the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, promised to link Ibadan to every geo- political zone of the country.
He also said opening of the Ibadan route is part of the airline’s “no-city-left-behind” aimed at interconnecting various cities across.
Onyema asserted: “Plans are already on to commence Port Harcourt to Ibadan flight. Abuja, Ibadan to Kano flight is also already in the pipeline. I believe in the oneness of Nigeria. As a nationalist, I am going to connect all cities in the country.”
“I will link Ibadan to the South South, South East, North East, North West and every part of the country. I believe in the unity of the country,” he disclosed.
Other dignitaries who witnessed the inaugural flight of Air Peace included officials of the Oyo State Government, former National Assembly members, including Senator Kola Balogun and Chief Lekan Alabi who delivered the Olubadan welcome address.
In a related development, Air Peace on Thursday made its inaugural flight to Cameroon from Lagos, Nigeria.
Ground Operations Manager of the airline, Mr. Ayodeji Adeyemi, in his address noted that both countries will benefit enormously from the operations, in the areas of employment creation, promotion of tourism, facilitation of a seamless movement of people and other forms of economic value.
He stated that Air Peace is famed for its no-city-left-behind initiative, which is driving its route expansion.
He said: “The extension of our wings to Douala is resultant from our vision to create affordable and safe air travel for Africans, with our signature hospitality, connecting various cities across Africa, especially the West Coast, thereby fostering socio-economic integration.
“Air Peace is committed to excellence and we’re bringing this excellent service to Cameroonians.”
“The airline has recorded tremendous feats in just seven years and now operates 19 domestic routes, six regional routes and two international destinations (United Arab Emirates and South Africa) with a varied fleet of 28 aircraft, including three ultramodern Embraer 195-E2 airplanes.”
Adeyemi delightfully disclosed that plans were on top gear for other international routes, such as Houston-USA, Mumbai-India, Guangzhou-China and London. “We’re constantly reviewing our route network to reflect the needs of the flying public,” he said.
The Ground Operations Manager thanked and pledged “to work with all the stakeholders including the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the airport administrators and, of course, the governments of both countries to ensure the new route is maximised.”