By Adekunle Williams and Solomon Asowata
Lagos, Dec. 10,2017 (NAN) Nigerian carrier, Air Peace has announced plans to connect Freetown in Sierra Leone, Banjul in the Gambia and Dakar in Senegal starting from Dec. 15.
The airline made the announcement in a statement issued by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, on Sunday in Lagos.
Iwarah said:”We are pleased to announce the second phase of the expansion of our route network on the West Coast of Africa with the commencement of our flights from Lagos to Freetown, Banjul and Dakar on Dec. 15.
“This is an exciting step in fulfilling our promise to unlock the economies of the region, offer air travelers on business and leisure trips seamless connectivity as well as create jobs for the people.
“We will operate round-trip flights from our Lagos base to the new routes four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
“The service departs the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) for Freetown at 7am (local time).
“The launch will bring destinations on our regional route map to four. Our West Coast expansion project is still unveiling. We hope to connect about five more routes in the region in the next few weeks.”
He said the new routes would bring its route network to a total of 14 destinations within and outside Nigeria.
Iwarah said the airline recently embarked on a project to increase its fleet size to 24 aircraft, adding that the Freetown, Banjul and Dakar routes would be serviced by its Boeing 737 aircraft to guarantee the comfort of its guests.
He noted that Air Peace made its first scheduled commercial flight out of Nigeria from the MMIA, Lagos into the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana on Feb. 16.
According to him, the airline plans to operate flights to five other regional routes as well as six international destinations comprising Dubai, London, Guangzhou-China, Houston, Mumbai and South Africa soon