Air Peace Limited said on Tuesday that it had launched flight operations to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The airline, which recently announced the expansion of its route network to Ibadan, operated its inaugural flight with its new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft at the Ibadan airport, according to a statement.
It said the Olubadan of Ibadan, His Highness Oba Saliu Adetunji, was at the airport to receive the airline.
According to the statement, the inaugural flight touched down at about 11 am and was greeted with a water cannon by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria’s (FAAN) fire service unit.
The Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, in his welcome address, said the coming of Air Peace airline to the state was a big relief to the teaming city travellers as the airline had immediately crashed the airfare from Ibadan to Abuja to affordable level.
Makinde said the state would make the route an economically viable one for the airline.
He said, “The coming of Air Peace will strengthen and enhance the economy of the state. We have a dry port here that will facilitate the clearing of goods in record time.
“This will take the stress off importers in the state and neighbouring states and save them the stress of going to Lagos port to clear goods.”
The Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, promised to link Ibadan to every geopolitical zone of the country.
He said the opening of the Ibadan route was part of the airline’s no-city-left-behind drive, aimed at interconnecting various cities across.
Onyema said, “Plans are already on to commence Port Harcourt to Ibadan flight. Abuja, Ibadan to Kano flight is also already in the pipeline.
“I believe in the oneness of Nigeria. As a nationalist, I am going to connect all cities in the country. I will link Ibadan to the South-South, South-East, North-East, North-West and every part of the country. I believe in the unity of the country.”
Newsonspot.com.ng reports that the other dignitaries at the airport to witness the inuagural flight included officials of the state government, former National Assembly members, including Senator Kola Balogun and Chief Lekan Alabi who delivered the OluIbadan welcome address.