Dana, Arik open Owerri–Abuja, Bauchi operations
Dana Air has launched the Owerri-Abuja route as part of its expansion drive to connect cities across the country.
The inaugural flight from the Sam Mbakwe International Airport Owerri, last Tuesday, was commended by the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha.
The Accountable Manager of Dana Air, Obi Mbanuso, said providing a smart alternative for the good people of Imo state and contributing positively to the economy and development of Imo state, has always been our desire and the crux of our existing partnership with the Imo state government; and we are committed to linking Owerri to other parts of Nigeria, as the commercial nerve centre of the south east.
“Our flights from Owerri to Abuja on Mondays to Fridays will operate at 12.33pm and Abuja to Owerri is at 2.16pm. On Sundays Owerri to Abuja is at 5.31pm and Abuja to Owerri is 12.06pm,” Mbanuso said.
The Governor who was represented by his Special Adviser, Ikenna Eme, said Dana Air commencing Owerri to Abuja flights and back has brought needed succour to the good people of Imo state who have had to pay more for less on the route.
Eme said: “Today we have witnessed development and expansion. We are happy that Dana Air is living up to expectations.
The flight was smooth and on-time and this is what we have been asking for on this route. Our people have been paying too much for less on this route and we thank Dana Air for this development.
“It is the desire of our visionary Governor, His Excellency, Rochas Okorocha, to make Imo state a hub in the south east and our partnership with Dana Air has increased traffic to our state, because of their convenient fares, quality service and most of all, our people are time-conscious and Dana Air is a time-conscious airline.”
Meanwhile, Dana Air has been unveiled as the official airline of the homecoming reception organised by the Imo state government, for the 2018 winner of the Big Brother Naija Reality show, Miracle Igbokwe, who is from the state and coincidentally, a pilot .
He will also be unveiled as Education Ambassador of the state.
As official airline, Dana Air will fly the winner, his family, friends and fellow housemates to Imo state for the reception scheduled for 3rd and 4th of May, at Imo International Convention Centre, Owerri Imo state.
Meanwhile, Arik Air is spreading its wings to Bauchi with the launch of flight services to the City from May 9, 2018.
The airline will be operating three weekly flights from Abuja to Bauchi with connections to and from Lagos on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The Chief Executive Officer of Arik Air, Captain Roy Ilegbodu, said the inauguration of flight operations to Bauchi is borne out of the importance attached to Bauchi State as the ‘Pearl of Tourism’ in Nigeria and underscores the airline’s commitment to the growth of tourism in the country.
Ilegbodu said: “Arik Air has always been at the forefront of the development of aviation and tourism in Nigeria. We are committed to the opening up of the country to commerce and industry through air connectivity.
Our plan is to connect all viable airports in Nigeria so as to expand the frontiers of commerce and grow the economy,” he said.
Bauchi becomes Arik Air’s 20th domestic destination and firmly placed the airline as the leading carrier in Nigeria.