From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
Nigeria leading carrier, Air Peace will commence flight operations into to Freetown in Sierra Leone, Banjul in Gambia and Dakar in Senegal this week, the airline has announced.
The new routes it said would constitute the second phase of the airline’s expansion project on the West Coast of Africa and bring its route network to 14 destinations.
Billed to begins on December 15th, Air Peace spokesman Mr. Chris Iwarah said in Lagos “We are pleased to announce the second phase of the expansion of our route network on the West Coast of Africa with the commencement of our flights from Lagos to Freetown, Banjul and Dakar.
“This is an exciting step in fulfilling our promise to unlock the economies of the region, offer air travellers on business and leisure trips seamless connectivity as well as create jobs for the people when we launched our first flight out of Nigeria into Accra, Ghana on February 16.
“We will operate round-trip flights from our Lagos base to the new routes four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The service departs the Murtala Muhammed International Airport for Freetown at 7am (local time).
“The launch will bring destinations on our regional route map to four. Our West Coast expansion project is still unveiling.
“We hope to connect about five more routes in the region in the next few weeks. In the coming months, we will open up more opportunities for our guests to experience the exciting world of Africa and international destinations, including Dubai, London, Guangzhou-China, Houston, Mumbai and South Africa,” he said.
Iwarah who said the airline, which recently increased its fleet size to 24 aircraft, also stated that a Boeing 737 would be deployed top the new routes for the comfort of its passengers.
It would be recalled that the airline made the debut of its commercial flight out of Nigeria from the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos to the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana on February 16.