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Latest indigenous investor in aviation and chairman of Air Peace Airline, Chief Allen Onyema has disclosed that African air connectivity need to grow so as to internalize business opportunities and boost trade partnerships’ in the developing continent.
In his remarks at the launch of Air Peace’s Abuja, Lagos and Accra to Monrovia and Liberia flights, he averred that “massive trade partnerships and opportunities abound in Africa, but for the challenges of connectivity”.
Continuing, he linked the airline’s efforts to link African nations and connect them with the rest of the world through flights to Accra, Freetown, Banjul, Dakar and Monrovia to ongoing drives to consummate growth in African aviation industry.
Represented by the carrier’s Corporate Communications Manager, Chris Iwarah, the chairman revealed that Air Peace is tactically correcting several negative narratives about regional flight operations in West Africa and the entire continent.
Business Hilights gathered that the launch of the airline’s Monrovia service had expanded its regional operations to five routes as Onyema noted that “Today’s epoch-making event is a pleasing consolidation of our efforts to unlock the economies of Africa, offer air travellers on business and leisure trips seamless connectivity as well as create jobs for people.
“Our goal is to build a solid base to link African nation’s and connect the continent to the rest of the world by air. With our expanded fleet of 24 aircraft comprising Boeing 737, 777; Embraer 145 and Dornier Jets, we are set to soon begin flights to many international destinations including Dubai, Sharjah, Guangzhou- China, London, Houson, Mumbai and South Africa. There is no doubt we mean business at Air Peace.”
In his goodwill message, the Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, Liberia Airport Authority, Paula Fares Harvey, congratulated Air Peace on its commencement of Monrovia flights. The launch, she added, was a great milestone in Air Peace’s effort to connect Africa by air.
The Liberian said “It’s good for you, it’s good for us in Liberia at this time,” shortly after the flight landed at the Roberts International Airport, Monrovia at about 12.15 p.m. (local time) to a rousing water salute and warm welcome by aviation authorities, airport workers and corporate executives.
Just as the airline is deepening continental outreach, it has stepped up plans to commence daily flights from Lagos to Kaduna from today, Monday, August 13 as part of its no-city-left-behind project.
Onyema further express satisfaction on the company’s feat in connecting and uniting the South and North of Nigeria by air.
Business Hilights recalls that Air Peace recently secured the renewal of its International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate.
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