June 27, 2017
Source: Patrick Paintsil | B&FT Online | Ghana
Africa World Airlines (AWA) has started daily flights to Abuja, Nigeria, signaling a strong statement on its regional expansion agenda borne out of management’s quest to enhance connectivity on the continent.
The new route adds to the airline operator’s existing five-times-a-day, three-times-per-week flights between Accra and Lagos as it seeks to enhance the provision of affordable, reliable and safe travel for passengers within the sub-region.
Kingsley Chima, Country Manager for Africa World Airlines, told journalists at the inaugural ceremony at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport that: “This is our second destination in Nigeria; we have come to touch the hearts of Nigerians, especially those in the Northern part of the country. We are here to give good service to represent the brand; we are going further into West Africa.”
Capt. Kwasi Oteng, a pilot and Chief Safety Officer of AWA, added: “This inaugural flight is testament to the vision; the future is bright and we are grateful for the cooperation between the two governments–Ghana and Nigeria–for making this possible.
This is just the beginning of Africa World Airlines here in Abuja; we are here to stay and to build on the success of our Lagos experience.”
Deputy Aviation Minister, Kwabena Darko, commended AWA for the impressive feat while courting Nigerian investors in the aviation space to exploit the huge opportunities in Ghana.
“Government is working towards position the country as an attractive aviation hub in the sub-region as part of efforts to facilitate a competitive industry as well as enhance and sustain the free movement of persons and goods.
As a country, we are prepared to collaborate with all airlines in Nigeria to participate in our domestic market. “So we are using this opportunity to invite you to invest, whilst you are investing in Nigeria as a big brother come also to invest in Ghana,” he said.