Competition is further enhanced on the Lagos-Accra route as Ibom Air on Tuesday commenced non-stop flight to the Ghanaian capital.
With the commencement of the route, no fewer than four airlines, two from Nigeria, one from Ghana and another from Togo, now operate into the former Gold Coast, while another Nigerian airline, United Nigeria, is expected to operate from Lagos to Accra in the next few weeks.
Already, Air Peace operates daily to Accra, from Nigeria, while Africa World Airlines (AWA), the Togo-based airline and Aksy Airlines from Ghana all operate from the Accra route to Nigeria, vice-versa.
In recent past, Bellview, Med- View, Aero Contractors, Arik Air and Dana Air had operated into Accra from Nigeria, but later suspended operations on the route.
A statement by Aniekan Essienette, General Manager, Marketing and Communication, Ibom Air, said that the airline’s inaugural flight from Lagos to Accra took off at 7:00a.m on Tuesday with a promise to offer travellers a new gateway to explore the West African region.
Essienette stated that the strategic expansion aligned with Ibom Air’s vision to be a world-class African regional carrier by offering passengers an industry-leading travel experience that encompasses schedule reliability, on-time departures, and excellent service.
The statement quoted Mr. George Uriesi, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ibom Air, as expressing optimism about the new route.
He described the commencement of the route as a significant step for Ibom Air, promising that with the new route, the airline intended to enhance connectivity between Nigeria and Ghana, thereby fostering tourism trade, and tighter economic and cultural ties.
He added: “Ibom Air remains committed to delivering exceptional services to our passengers, and we invite travellers between Nigeria and Ghana to choose Ibom Air and experience the best of our service offering.”
Also commenting, Mrs. Pamela Djamson-Tettey, the Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company Limited, said the company was delighted to welcome Ibom Air to Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana.
She congratulated the airline for the decision, stressing that the airline’s entry into Ghana’s market would offer the travelling public more options for connectivity between the two countries.
“As operators and managers of Kotoka International Airport, we assure Ibom Air of our support in making their operations in Ghana a success,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of Akwa Ibom State government, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Charles Udoh, said the inaugural flight marks a significant milestone in the history of Akwa Ibom, the home state of Ibom Air.
“Akwa Ibom is rich in tourism, economic growth and cuisines. Ibom Air started like a dream, it was to build an airline that would become one of the leading forces in Nigeria. We are redefining the aviation sector. Other airlines should be afraid”, he said.