August 12, (THEWILL) – Air Peace has deepened its stronghold and expanded its wings in the North-East, by launching commercial flights into Gombe from Lagos and Abuja.
The airline will operate three weekly flights into the state.
The Air Peace brand new E-195 aircraft with flight number P47443 from Lagos and Abuja landed in grand style on Wednesday in Gombe, where several government dignitaries were present to welcome the flight.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the inaugural flight of Air Peace into Gombe at the Sani Abacha International Airport, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the Gombe State Governor, said the state shall continue to encourage, support and partner with Air Peace as the airline provides essential services to the citizens.
He assured the airline that the government and general public are ever ready to pay for services rendered by the airline at anytime, as the market forces may dictate.
The Governor, who was represented by Manasseh Daniel Jatau, the Deputy Governor, said very soon Air Peace will need to deploy a bigger aircraft into the state because there would be increase in passenger traffic in the state as the state continues to build factories and invest in economic activities that would attract investors across Nigeria.
“Air Peace has come to the state that cherishes peace, preaches peace, practices peace and works continuously for the maintenance of peace, knowing too well that peace is the bedrock of all human ventures,” Yahaya said.
Also speaking at the event, Ayodeji Adeyemi, Ground Operations Manager, Air Peace said the new route being officially flagged off today means a lot for its ambition to interconnect various cities and zones across Nigeria with seamless flights.
He added that with this new route, Air Peace is providing more options of connectivity for the people of Gombe State.
He said: “Air Peace is reputed for its no-city-left-behind mantra and the goal is to ease the air travel burden of Nigerians, fostering unity and driving more healthy commercial relations between cities, which vastly impacts the country’s economy in positive ways.
“A big thank-you to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, as well as other key stakeholders who contributed to the commencement of this new route.”
Speaking shortly after the inaugural flight, the Managing Director, Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company Limited, Muawiyah Farouk, who was also a passenger on the flight, said the coming of Air Peace to Gombe State will open up the state for more investment.
According to him, it will also help to open up the North-Eastern part of the country, the state tourism, agro and investment potentials will also be adequately harnessed.
Another passenger, Clara Ogunji applauded the airline for choosing Gombe State, saying it has helped make her access to the state easier.
Oguji, a health practitioner, however, asked the airline operator to reconsider operating a daily flight to the airport.