By Lawani Mikairu
Air Peace Airline has reiterated its determination to link African countries by air and connect the continent to the rest of the world, as seamless air connectivity is pivotal to the socio-economic development of countries within the continent.
This declaration was made by the Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema on Monday during the airline’s inaugural flight operations to Freetown, Sierra Leone; Banjul, The Gambia; and Dakar in Senegal. Onyema was represented by the airline’s Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah.
According to Onyema: “In the next few weeks, we hope to add five more services to expand our regional route network to a total of nine destinations.”
He also said that seamless air connectivity is pivotal to the socio-economic development of countries within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region, adding that the airline was committed to unlocking the economies of Africa, offering air travellers on business and leisure trips seamless connectivity, as well as creating jobs for the people.
“The launch of our Freetown, Banjul and Dakar services today brings our regional network to four routes and a total of 16 domestic and West Coast destinations with more than 80 daily flights.
“In the next few weeks, we hope to add five more services to expand our regional route network to a total of nine destinations. This broad route network ,we believe, will form a solid base to link African nations and connect the continent to the rest of the world by air.”
Receiving the Air Peace delegation at the Freetown International Airport, Lungi, Mr. Balogun Koroma, the Minister of Transportation, Sierra Leone, commended the airline for extending operations to the country. “We are looking for in-flight quality service, on-time service and adherence to our local content laws in terms of employing our people; and Air Peace has given us the assurance that they would adhere to that,” Koroma said.
Also at the Banjul International Airport, Mr Abdoulie Colley, Director of Operations, Gambian Airports Authority, assured Air Peace of the needed support to ensure hitch-free operations in the country. Similarly, Prof. Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Ope, Nigerian Ambassador to the Gambia, said the coming of Air Peace would strengthen bilateral relations between both countries.