By Lawani Mikairu & Daniel Eteghe
Medview Airline began flight operations into the Maiduguri airport last weekend following the opening of the airport to flight operations. Disclosing this development to newsmen, Managing Director of the airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said that the airline will commence four weekly flights beginning from Friday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.
He said that commencing the flight will help reduce the long hours of stress on the road which the people of that region go through to get in and out of Maiduguri and further commended Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State for calling on investors to return to the state as there was now relative peace in the region.
“Our decision to commence flights to Maiduguri was informed by the need to link up the people of this region to other parts of the country,” Alhaji Bankole said. According to him, the four flights from Lagos to Maiduguri will be routed via Abuja.
“With Maiduguri, Kano and Kaduna on its schedule, Medview Airline now flies to eight destinations, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Yola and Enugu on domestic routes and Accra on the regional route. Abidjan, Cote de’ Voire and Conakry, Guinea will soon join the Medview network” he said. It will be recalled that Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have given a go ahead to Medview Airline to operate into Maiduguri airport, which has been closed to commercial flights due to activities of insurgents.