Nigeria’s Air Peace, on Friday, commenced flight operations between Lagos and Lome, Togo’s capital, while promising to launch Cotonou, Abidjan, Kinasha and Malabo routes.
The airline’s safety manager, Capt. Godfrey Ogbogu, who spoke shortly after the Embraer 195 E2 touched down at the Gnassingbe Eyadema International Airport, Lome on Friday morning, said the launch of Lome operations makes it ‘eight regional routes in less than nine years since inception.’
He said that the ‘no-city-left-behind initiative’ of Air Peace is not just for domestic operations but also for regional cities and beyond and that the launch into Lome has given credence to the ties between Nigeria and Togo and will foster commercial cooperation as well as deepen bilateral ties between both countries.
“In March 2022, we launched Niamey in Niger Republic and we’re expanding further with the commencement of flights into Lome, Togo. It suffices to say we’re on a mission to easing air travel and bridging the connectivity gap among West African countries, and we’re quite delighted that Togo is joining our route network, making it eight regional routes in less than nine years since inception. Togo and Nigeria currently have strong socio-economic ties and both countries have collaborated on significant fronts.
“Nigerians come to Togo for business and other purposes and the launch of this connectivity adds fillip to this economic exchange between both countries and also advances development. We’re reputed for our no-city-left-behind initiative and this is not just for domestic operations. Our no-city-left-behind drive extends to the West Coast, as we’re poised to continually interconnect key cities in the sub-region, making it easy for Africans to maximise the payoffs of air travel for the collective development of all the nations.
“In keeping with this corporate ambition, we’re launching, very soon, flight operations into Cotonou in Benin Republic, Abidjan in Cote d’ivoire, Congo Kinshasa and Malabo in Equatorial Guinea. Before the end of 2023, some of these routes will have been launched, because they’re already in the works. Air Peace will continue to provide best-in-class flight services, driven by a customer-first orientation and hinged on strict adherence to established safety standards,” he said.