Ortom, Akume welcome Air Peace to Makurdi

NIGERIA’S Air Peace, on Monday commenced commercial flights into Makurdi, Benue State, in line with its route expansion drive, thus becoming the only airline operating Lagos-Makurdi flights at the moment amidst excitement from the state government and indigenes of the state.

On ground to receive the airline’s inaugural flight which departed the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos by 7:00 am via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja to Makurdi was the state governor, Mr Samuel Ortom.

Also on ground to receive the inaugural flight was a former governor of the state and Minister of Special Duties, Senator George Akume and the Airport Manager, Mrs Comfort Ogbuagwu.

The flight, according to the airline, would operate weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays connecting passengers from Lagos and Abuja to Makurdi.

The Ground Operations Manager of Air Peace, Mr. Ayodeji Adeyemi who represented the Chairman at the inaugural flight ceremony, described the flight as “a historic feat as no airline currently operates flights from Lagos and Abuja to Makurdi.

Adeyemi said the decision to operate to Makurdi was “borne out of our persisting original vision to interconnect various cities across Nigeria, thereby fostering unity and promoting impactful economic relations.”

Reacting, Governor Ortom commended the airline’s management for the opportunity to have commercial air transport to Benue State, saying the development would boost the state’s economy.

While saying having a commercial flight to the state would open it up for foreign direct investment (FDI) as the fear of traveling to the state by road has been completely removed, Ortom declared: “I particularly thank the Air Peace Chairman for accepting this partnership and we are hopeful this would be fruitful. It will also ease the travel burden of our people”.

Also, Senator George Akume who was aboard the return flight to Abuja noted that there had been several unsuccessful attempts in the past to ensure regular flights into Makurdi.

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