Nigeria’s Air Peace on Monday commenced flights to Freetown, Banjul and Dakar, earning accolades from top government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.
In a related development, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema hasidentified seamless air connectivity as pivotal to the socio-economic development of countries within the West Coast of Africa and other nations on the continent.
Receiving Air Peace delegation moments after the maiden flight to Freetown touched down at the Freetown International Airport, Lungi, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Transport, Mr Balogun Koroma commended the carrier for extending its operations to the country.
Shortly after departing Freetown, the inaugural flight landed at the Banjul International Airport, where the Director of Operations of The Gambia Airport Authority, Mr. Abdoulie Colleyassured Air Peace that it would beaccorded the needed support to succeed in the country.
For his part, excited Nigeria High Commissioner to The Gambia, Ambassador Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe said the coming of Air Peace would strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and The Gambia.
The Gambia, the ambassador said, had a lot of potential Nigerians could exploit. The connectivity provided by Air Peace, he assured, would boost the socio-economic relations between Nigeria and The Gambia.
Also speaking for banks in Banjul, the Relationship Manager, Corporate Banking of FBN Gambia Limited, Mr. Mike Junior Emeh said Air Peace’s expansion of its route network to The Gambia and other West Coast countries was a big relief for travellers.
In Dakar, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of LAS, Mr. Xavier Mary, who spoke on behalf of the operators of Senegal’s new airport, Aeroport International Blaise Diagne, said Air Peace’s Dakar service was a good opportunity for improving businesses between Nigeria and Senegal.
The launch of Air Peace Freetown, Banjul and Dakar services closely followed the inauguration of its Kano and Yola flight operations on February 12 and 15 respectively.