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Stakeholders highlight emerging opportunities in luxury travel market

By Wole Oyebade
15 October 2021   |   4:09 am
Despite the disruption occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, aviation stakeholders have rallied support for the luxury travel market to maximise local potential.

Despite the disruption occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, aviation stakeholders have rallied support for the luxury travel market to maximise local potential.

The experts, who spoke at the rollout of AvanteFly Mobile App, in Lagos recently, said the most expensive sub-sector of aviation had enormous opportunities to impact the economy.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AvanteFly, Bria Okonkwo, said contrary to perception, the private jet arm of local aviation was booming with a fleet of about 197 aircraft that are not accessible to interested users.

Okonkwo said besides the bottlenecks in the system, there was no means of navigating the industry. More so, “the brokers run and rule the market, which is not the case in other parts of the world and there is no feasibility on who can or cannot have access to private jets.”

The problems, however, led to the initiative of a one-stop shop digital platform, with adequate features for private jet, helicopter, luxury car charters, hotels and executive spaces bookings.

“For people desiring the exclusivity of private travel, AvanteFly is focused on unparalleled commitment to providing a range of services from flight chartering to ground transportation, hotels and other types of executive spaces. Our Partner Network is carefully chosen, meticulously guided, and held accountable to global safety and premium standards; aligned with AvanteFly’s service quality,” Okonkwo said.

CEO of Jet West Airline, Dikko Nwachukwu, said the COVID-19 is a great catalyst for luxury travel, with opportunities for inbound tourism in Nigeria.

“That is an opportunity for the luxury market, especially given the flexibility and taste of travellers. The COVID-19-era demands a lot of flexibility, like changes in flight, itinerary and travel plans.

“A platform that can offer that will delight customers. That is an opportunity for AvanteFly to drive the experience. I think the future is bright and we should create more of that avenue for our high class at home,” Nwachukwu said.

AvanteFly Mobile App is the first African real-time aviation mobile application, which utilises real-time data, distance, and time to automate private air charter bookings and payments. This eliminates avoidable delays using manual quotes, and lack of visibility in booking fees usually experienced in the private aviation industry.