Air Peace has expanded its presence in the North-East by launching commercial flights into Gombe State from Lagos and Abuja. The airline will operate three flights weekly to the state.
Air Peace’s brand new E-195 aircraft with flight number P47443.landed in Gombe on Wednesday. Several government dignitaries were there to welcome the flight.
Inaugurating Air Peace into Gombe at the airport, Gombe state governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said that the State would continue to encourage, support, and partner with Air Peace in order to make sure the airline provides essential services to its 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 Manassah Daniel Jatau, the deputy governor of the State 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 working 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 to the Air Peace family as its ambition is to interconnect various cities and zones across Nigeria with seamless flights.
Adeyemi disclosed that before Air Peace decided to commence flight operations into the city, the airline carefully considered the travel needs of Nigerians, especially those in the North East.
According to him, its consistent expansion is propelled by the airline’s strong resolve to close the gaps in Nigeria’s air travel and, more importantly, give Nigerians multiple network options.
He added that with this new route, Air Peace is providing more options of connectivity for the people of Gombe State.
“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.
“This explains why we’ve also extended our presence to Gombe. With the support of the state government, under the vibrant leadership of His Excellency Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, whom we’re profoundly thankful to, we promise peaceful and affordable air travel,” he said.
He assured that the new route will be effectively serviced, and Nigerians, especially Gombe residents, will greatly benefit from it.
He said the airline will work jointly with all the stakeholders in the state to maximise the gains of the Gombe route, including employment creation.
“The Board, Management, and the entire Air Peace family would like to extend profound thanks to Gov. Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, the Gombe State governor, whose leadership enabled this new route to be launched.
“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, Adeyemi said.
Speaking shortly after the inaugural flight, Muawiyah Farouk, managing director of the Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company Limited, said the arrival of Air Peace in Gombe State would open the state up to more investment opportunities.
In addition, he believes it will also help open up the North-Eastern part of the country, allow the state to develop its tourism and agro sectors, and permit investment opportunities to be properly maximized.
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.