By Dipo Olowookere
The management of Overland Airways has confirmed that the company commence flight operations to international destinations.
The airline operator said it would first start with flights to West African cities before expanding to other places.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Overland Airways, Mrs Aanu Benson, disclosed that the inaugural flight would commence on August 12, 2018 on the Lagos–Cotonou–Lome routes.
According to her, the Lagos-Cotonou-Lome flights will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
She added that the flights will depart Lagos at 7pm and arrive Cotonou at 7:25pm, and depart Cotonou at 8pm to arrive Lome at 8:30pm. Also, flights will depart Lome at 9pm to arrive in Lagos at 9:45pm.
“West Africa is our territory and this marks the beginning of domestic West Africa operations and our operations to Cotonou (Benin Republic) and Lome (Togo) are to offer choices to customers as our contribution to regional integration in West Africa,” Mrs Benson informed journalists.
She said further that, “We want air travellers in the region to team up and discover each other while enjoying the excellent services we offer. It is an expression of Nigeria’s aviation renaissance in West Africa.”
“One of the most important missing factors facing sustainable economic transformation in West Africa is smooth interconnectivity and there is need to reinforce unity and prosperity at the regional level,” Mrs Benson stated.
“Over the coming years, Overland Airways will facilitate a new environment for business, leisure travellers, families, students, and more essentially bolster that bonding amongst the peoples and groupings in the region,” she added.
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