Indigenous carrier, Air Peace has launched scheduled flight operations to Ibadan Airport.
The inaugural flight was operated with the airline’s brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft, and touched down at about 11 am on Tuesday and was greeted with a water cannon by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, fire service unit.
The airline was received by the Olubadan of Ibadan, His Highness, Oba Saliu Adetunji at the Airport, as well as the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
In his welcome address, Gov Makinde said the coming of Air Peace airline to the state is a big relief to the teaming city travellers, as the airline has immediately “crashed the airfare from Ibadan to Abuja to affordable level”.
Makinde who said the state would make the route an economically viable one for the airline, added that “the coming of Air Peace will strengthen and enhance the economy of the state. We have a dry Port here that will facilitate the clearing of goods in record time. This will take the stress off importers in the state and neighbouring states and save them the stress of going to Lagos port to clear goods”.
Speaking, Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, promised to link Ibadan to every geo- political zone of the country. He also said opening of the Ibadan route is part of the airline’s “no-city-left-behind” aimed at interconnecting various cities across.
Onyema asserted that “plans are already on to commence Port Harcourt to Ibadan flight. Abuja, Ibadan to Kano flight is also already in the pipeline. I believe in the oneness of Nigeria. As a nationalist, I am going to connect all cities in the country.”
“I will link Ibadan to the South South, South East, North East, North West and every part of the country. I believe in the unity of the country”, he added.
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