Overland opens Lome route, commits to ECOWAS integration
The inaugural flight was warmly received by the aviation, business and leisure communities as an essential quick-link between both countries.
Overland Airways’ inaugural flight took off from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with a brief stop-over at the Cadjehoun International Airport, Cotonou before landing at the Gnassingbe Eyadema International Airport in Lome, Togo.
The Société Aéroportuaire de Lomé Tokoin (SALT) received Overland Airways’ maiden flight with a spectacular water canon salute in the presence of H.E.Olusola Iji, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Togo, Col. Dokisime Gnama-Latta, Director General, Togo Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Christian Folly-Kossi, former Secretary General of Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA), and many other dignitaries.
The Lagos-Cotonou-Lome flights operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
The flights depart Lagos at 19:00hrs, arrive Cotonou at 19:25hrs; and depart Cotonou at 20:00hrs to arrive Lome at 20:30hrs.
Also, Overland Airways flights depart Lome at 21:00hrs to arrive in Lagos at 21:45hrs.
Managing Director, Overland Airways, Capt. Edward Boyo, said: “Today, we share the joy of connecting brothers to brothers, sisters to sisters, communities to communities.
We have removed the borders between Nigeria, Benin Republic and Republic of Togo.
You don’t need a visa to move from Togo to Lagos or Cotonou to Lagos. All you need is Overland Airways.
So we are here for you. We shall continue breaking the borders for the good of all Africa. Overland Airways has come to Togo to stay.”
Boyo further said that it was possible for prosperity and economic development to come to all, adding that Overland would intensify the relationship between Nigeria and Togo.
“There are about 400 million people in West Africa and we are not doing enough trade.
Our people must trade with each other. That is what ECOWAS is all about.
So, the dream of our forefathers who dreamt of ECOWAS is being actualised today,” he said.
Ambasador Iji said the commencement of Overland Airways’ flights services into Togo solidified the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between the two countries.
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