…assures of support
From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
The ancient city of Kano was agog yesterday with pomp and pageantry as the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammed Sanusi received Nigerian leading carrier Air Peace as the airline made it inaugural flight into the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria.
The Emirate pledge it support to ensure the airline is a success story just as Air Peace said it is linking Kano with many parts of the country hitherto unexplored.
The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who was represented by Jakadan Hausa, Alhaji Ibrahim Sambo at a brief ceremony to mark the inaugural flight advised the airline not to delay its passengers but ensure it sustain it operation with good service at all times.
The paramount traditional ruler stated that there a very few airlines operating into Kano, adding that now that Air Peace is here , the people of Kano are very happy.
He said “All the necessary support will be given to Air Peace to succeed. When Air Peace came to express its interest to fly to Kano, we made it a matter of importance to give them accommodation. We hope you will have affordable fare and also sustain this route.
Also speaking, Chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema affirmed that the launch to Kano was a significant milestone in the Airline’s vision to unite Nigeria through air travel and lift the nation’s economy through trade facilitation and massive job creation.
Onyema said “Today’s historic event accords with our strategy to expand our operation in the North of Nigeria and connect other un-served or under-served cities of the nation. Kano has long been recognised as the economic capital of the Northern Nigeria. We are therefore hopeful that the extension of our flight services to the state will greatly and positively impact on the economy of the region.”
He disclosed that the Kano launch would be followed with the commencement of flight operations to Yola in Adamawa State on February 15, and Freetown, Banjul and Dakar on February 19.
He added that last year, the airline hugely expanded its capacity to serve the flying public with the increase of its fleet to size of 24 airplanes.
The Air Peace Chairman also said that on January 31 and February 8 the airline took delivery of two of the six Embraer 145 aircraft it recently acquired to serve cities with air transport difficulties under its new subsidiary, Airy Peace Hoper.
The airline, he stated is more positioned to transform air travel experience in Nigeria, West Africa sub region and beyond.
In his words, “We are reputed for our time performance and uncompromising stand on matters of safety. We promise to leverage the experience of our skilled staff and excellent business model to end the era of endless delays on the Lagos–Kano-Lagos and Kano -Abuja-Kano routes.”
He appealed for patronage and support as the airline operate twice daily from Lagos into Kano and back, once from Kano into Abuja and back and try to deliver a whole new extinction the Kano route.
“We are determined to forge a mutually beneficial relationship with the good people and residents of Kano and its neighbouring states,” Onyema assured.
On his part, the Regional Manager, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Alhaji Muhammad Bello said that immediately the airline showed interest of flying into Kano, he assured the airline of the agency’s support and hope that the airline would sustain the flight on the route.