Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace on Monday made good its promise to commence its Freetown, Banjul and Dakar flight services, earning accolades from top government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, aviation regulators and corporate leaders on the West Coast of Africa.
In a related development, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema has identified seamless air connectivity as pivotal to the socio-economic development of countries within the West Coast of Africa and other nations on the continent.
Receiving Air Peace delegation moments after the maiden flight to Freetown touched down at the Freetown International Airport, Lungi, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Transport, Mr Balogun Koroma commended the carrier for extending its 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.
Shortly after departing Freetown, the inaugural flight landed at the Banjul International Airport, where the Director of Operations of The Gambia Airport Authority, Mr. Abdoulie Colley assured Air Peace that it would be accorded the needed support to succeed in the country.
For his part, excited Nigeria High Commissioner to The Gambia, Ambassador Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe said the coming of Air Peace would strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and The Gambia.
The Gambia, the ambassador said, had a lot of potential Nigerians could exploit.
The connectivity provided by Air Peace, he assured, would boost the socio-economic relations between Nigeria and The Gambia.
Also speaking for banks in Banjul, the Relationship Manager, Corporate Banking of FBN Gambia Limited, Mr. Mike Junior Emeh said Air Peace’s expansion of its route network to The Gambia and other West Coast countries was a big relief for travellers.