By DANIEL ETEGHE
Chief Executive Officer of MedView Airline, Mr. Muneer Bankole has said that in carrying out its expansion plans for the first quarter of the year 2013, MedView Airlines will be flying to new routes like Kano and Sokoto.
Mr. Bankole who disclosed this to newsmen at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos said that the airline has just acquired a Boeing 737-800 aircraft to accommodate the increase in its passengers’ traffic to the airline.
“In our future plan in the first quarter of next year because every quarter we tell you something new, we look at the area that we might be operating to like Kano and Sokoto. We commenced our flight operation on the 8th of November when we did our inaugural flight and from the 8th of November we have had tremendous increase in our passengers growth so that is what encouraged us to go and get additional aircraft because we feel that the people are getting the comfort they need from this machine and they needed something better” he said.
He however noted that MedView airline has airlifted about 32,956 passengers since it started operation on the 8th of November 2012. He further pointed out that MedView airline has carried about 12, 846 passengers in the month of November when it commenced operation and about 20,110 passengers in December adding that with the level of passenger growth recorded in two months the airline has prospect in taking a large share of the passengers traffic.
According to him, with the addition of a newly acquired Boeing 737-800 series aircraft, MedView airline would be able to meet up with the increase in passengers’ patronage due to the Christmas season which he said had caused people to travel from one part of the country to another.
He said the additional aircraft would help the airline operate to other routes besides Lagos-Abuja and Lagos-Port Harcourt.
Mr. Bankole said the airline would start the Lagos-Owerri and Lagos-Yola by Thursday adding that it would take the delivery of its fourth aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 by the 1st of March 2013.
“The stage has been set and we are ready to fill the gap created by the death of so many domestic carriers. Our service will be unequalled. We have put in a lot of things in place to ensure passengers have a nice experience on board our aircraft,” he said.
Meanwhile, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) has been picked to provide total ground handling services for the airline.By this agreement, SAHCOL would provide ramp and passenger handling services of the airline’s operations within Nigeria.
Before the contract, SAHCOL partnered Med-View Airline in the provision of ground handling services for its Hajj operations.
At the signing of the new agreement in Lagos, the chairman of SAHCOL, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi said the ground handling firm would invest massively in personnel development, state-of-the-art equipment, fleet replacement, and massive infrastructural development to meet the demand of its clients.