The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, said the move to extend operations to Warri was part of the airline’s ‘No city-left-behind’ project.
“We want to assure our passengers that this is just the beginning. We have plans to introduce flights from Warri to Port Harcourt and from Warri to Abuja,” he said.
These long-haul flights will be serviced by its fleet of B777 aircraft
Onyema added that the flight to Warri would be once daily and assured the airline’s passengers of on-time departure and safety which he said were important to the airline’s operations.
“I am happy to inform you that Nigeria’s efforts on liberalization have led to significant increase in the operations of foreign and domestic airlines,” said Senator Hadi Sirika, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation.
The minister also said that liberalization had also increased airport utilization, resulting in an annual traffic growth of over eight per cent.
Mr. Sirika who was addressing delegates at the 40th assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization, in Montreal, Canada, said that goal of the liberalization was to make Nigeria the hub of West African sub-region.
It would however, require a robust industry that would be safe, secure, efficient and environmentally friendly, with modern and adequate infrastructure to be able to achieve this goal.