By Kenneth Ehigiator
Air Nigeria has concluded plans to start direct flight operations to Congo Brazzaville, as part of its regional route expansion programme.
Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Mr. Kinfe Kahssaye, who disclosed this in Lagos Thursday, said the operations to the Central African country would commenceÂ 8thÂ August 2010.
The Brazzaville Congo operation brings to nine the number of regional routes the airline had embarked upon.
Kahssaye explained that the proposed launch of the Brazzaville route was in line with the new vision of the airline to build strong economic ties amongst African nations through expanding trade frontiers.
According to him, Air Nigeria will start daily operations on the route, from Lagos to Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville, with an introductory fare of $500.
â€œOur regional operation is hinged on fostering and promoting existing economic and socio-cultural ties in Africa, especially by providing world class airline travel experience for passengers,â€ Kahssaye said.
He promised that the airline would offer passengersâ€™ value-for-money as it will continually deliver superior customer service at par with globally acceptable standards.
Chairman of Air Nigeria, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim, in a message of goodwill, said the airline had, with the proposed operation, taken a step to create a new era of air travel in the country.
Her said:Â : â€œThe proposed entry of Air Nigeria to Congo Brazzaville on the regional route as well as the re-launch of its flight services to both Benin and Owerri, is a momentous first step towards achieving the airlineâ€™s goal of creating a new era of air travel in Nigeria and indeed the entire African continent and beyond.â€