By VICTOR NZE
Dana Air, operator of Imo Air, has announced that it will commence flights to Kaduna on March 8, 2017, following the imminent closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport for Rehabilitation. The development comes also as Air Peace opened its Lagos-Abuja-Sokoto operations.
The airline said it will operate four daily flights from Lagos to Kaduna, while there will be one flight each from Uyo and Port Harcourt to Kaduna keeping strictly to its scheduled time of departure.
The Accountable Manager of Dana Air, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo while speaking on the new schedule said ‘we will commence four daily flights from Lagos to Kaduna and one flight each from Uyo and Port Harcourt to Kaduna on 8 March, and we intend keeping to our scheduled time of departure.’’
Commenting further, Obi said ‘with our on-time performance still unrivaled, our desire is to ensure that passengers connecting Abuja from Kaduna meet their appointments and commitments, while those visiting Kaduna can trust us to take them there on-time.’’
Meanwhile, following an official inauguration conducted by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, domestic carrier Air Peace, has now commenced operations on the Lagos-Abuja-Sokoto route.
The maiden flight arrived at the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto 12.43p.m, Wednesday, with a Boeing 737-300 aircraft carrying 136 passengers on board.
Tambuwal who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba, remarked: ”We will extend all the needed support and patronage to the airline.”
On his part, Chief of Staff to Tambuwal, Alhaji Mukhtar Magori, said: ”The coming of the airline to Sokoto would boost competition with passengers having value for their money.”
Represented at the occasion by Mr Patrick Achurefe, Manager, Safety and Quality, the Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, said the mission was to make air travel in Nigeria, ‘seamless, safe, pleasurable and affordable,’ adding: ”We are already replicating our success story on the regional route with the launch of the Lagos-Accra route. We will soon extend services to other parts of Africa, Middle East, Europe and USA, among others.”