|First Commercial Flight in Jalingo|
Chief Operating Officer of Overland Airways, Mrs. Aanu Benson disclosed that the airline operates a current fleet of nine modern turboprop aircraft adapted to its short-distance operations.
According to her: “Overland Airways is an outstanding economic development partner and catalyst in Nigeria creating value for remote cities and communities. Our cardinal objective is to fast-track national development especially at the hinterland level, and we have a deep sense of fulfilment each time we connect another potential economic powerhouse like Jalingo to the main economic hubs.
“Today marks the beginning of a new economic frontier for Taraba State. Overland Airways is pleased to bring air connectivity to bear on the efforts to accelerate economic development in Jalingo and Taraba State.”
She said that Overland Airways was the first-ever airline to launch flights to Jalingo airport, thus opening the state to unprecedented economic development in tourism, agribusiness, small and medium scale industries among others.
This feat, she stated was one of several characteristics that single out Overland Airways as an unmatched partner in economic empowerment and development especially in hinterland regions in Nigeria.
Overland Airways is renowned for launching first-ever flights to several Nigerian secondary airports such as Asaba, Dutse, Katsina and Minna, which has effectively created an extensive web of economic development in these regions and their environs.
Speaking further, Benson said, “Overland Airways has the zeal to provide avenue for wealth creation especially in Jalingo and other remote cities in Nigeria. We are passionate about alleviating the challenges facing road commuters, and we are pleased to enhance the movement of economic developers, new investors, tourists, etc. to and from Jalingo. Residents and visitors of Jalingo and its environs will no longer have to travel to other states to catch a flight to Abuja.
“We are humbled to see the economic impact of opening up Nigeria’s hinterland destinations; from Ilorin, Ibadan, Dutse, Bauchi to Minna among others. The benefits of Overland Airways air connectivity are remarkable. We invite you to experience Overland Airways’ on-board hospitality in Jalingo. Our fares start from N25, 000.”
She stated that in the difficult operating environment in Nigeria, “it takes great courage and professionalism to venture into remote routes with low yield.”
Overland Airways, she explained “relies on its excellent fleet choice, professionalism and outstanding management and discipline to sustain its vigorous spread in Nigeria’s hinterland destinations.”
Chief Operating Officer stated the airline would operate thrice-weekly flights;;Monday, Wednesday and Friday between Abuja and Jalingo, adding that Overland Airways provides scheduled domestic passenger services in Nigeria and is a leading charter services operator in West and Central Africa.
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State expressed delight at the launch of flights to Jalingo which provides a strong boost to economic development efforts in Taraba State.
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