A Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, will on Aug. 11 begin scheduled commercial flight operations to the Akure Airport in Ondo.
The airline made the announcement in a statement issued by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah in Lagos on Monday.
Iwarah said that the carrier was collaborating with the Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu administration to guarantee easy access to Ondo State by investors, tourists and other categories of air travellers.
He said that the inaugural Lagos-Akure-Lagos flight would take off from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, at 1p.m. and touch down at the Akure Airport at 1.40 p.m.
According to him, the return flight will depart the Akure Airport at 2.10pm and land at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos at 2.50pm.
“We are delighted to announce the commencement of our Lagos-Akure-Lagos service on Aug. 11.
“Air Peace has been operating from our main hub in Lagos State since 2014, so the launch of the second route in the South West of Nigeria is only a natural progression.
“Air Peace is pleased to have this opportunity to add such an important destination as Akure to our local route network.
“Akure lies geographically on the tropical belt and is bordered in the north by Ekiti and Kogi; east by Edo; west by Oyo and Ogun.
“Ondo is one of Nigeria’s most exciting destinations for leisure and business travel.”
Iwarah expressed optimism that the flights to Akure would open up a whole new opportunity for Air Peace guests to visit and explore the wealth of tourist attractions of the state.
He said that it would also expand the access of investors and other categories of air travellers to connect with the state.
“The new route allows for connections to additional markets from Akure, creating a more convenient trip for those wishing to visit the city.
“We expect that our new service will contribute to the economy of Ondo State by bringing new travellers to the area from across our route network.
“We anticipate that the launch will jump-start the effort of Akeredolu to open up the Sunshine State to massive investment engagements,” he said.
Iwarah reiterated the airline’s commitment to offering all its guests first-class service and innovation, both on board and on the ground.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Air Peace, which began commercial flight operations in 2014, currently has presence in Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Uyo, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Enugu, Owerri, Sokoto and Accra-Ghana.
The airline has also secured approvals to operate flights into Lome, Monrovia, Abidjan, Dakar, Douala, Niamey and other West Coast countries of Africa.
In addition, the carrier has also been designated by the Federal Government to operate flights into international destinations, including Johannesburg, Atlanta, Dubai, Guangzhou-China, London and Mumbai, India.