By Sade Williams
Overland Airways, Nigeria’s frontline carrier has announced the start of its flight services from Abuja to Asaba, Delta State from November 22, 2016.
The Asaba-Abuja fights will operate at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; while the Abuja-Asaba flights will operate at 10:30a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The flight services will be operated with Overland Airways globally renowned ATR turboprop aircraft with superior technological design for unmatched performance on short-distance flights in terms of economic reliability, safety and comfort.
Overland Airways is Nigeria’s longest-serving most consistent scheduled commercial airline providing uninterrupted flight services in Nigeria over the past 14 years. With expanding routes including Lagos, Asaba, Abuja, Dutse, Minna, Bauchi, Jalingo, Akure, Overland Airways looks to begin regional flights in West African in the first quarter of 2017.
According to Capt. Edward Boyo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Overland Airways, the accelerated development of the economy of Delta State is strategic to the development of the economies of various regions in the country especially the South-East and South-South regions, which makes air transport an important element in the efforts to develop Delta State.
“Delta State is endowed with great human and sundry resources which should be carefully harnessed by relentless efforts of both the government and the private sector. Overland Airways is dedicated to creating new high-value for the indigenes and visitors to Delta State by providing our trademark excellent, reliable, safe and comfortable air services to Asaba.
“We understand the value of investments and easy access into hinterland economies like Delta State. And we are confident of driving sustainable social and economic development in Delta State as Overland Airways supports the easy movement of investors, tourists, traders and business people to and from Delta State and the adjoining regions such as Onitsha across the Niger. We are in partnership with the people of Delta State. And this is a partnership that works.”
Speaking on the development, Chief Operating Officer of Overland Airways, Mrs. Aanu Benson, said: “Overland Airways performed the first-ever flight to open Asaba Airport in 2011 as a foremost partner in the economic transformation of Delta State, and in celebration and support of the enterprising people of ‘The Big Heart’ State. The launch of the Asaba-Abuja flights today demonstrates the renewed bonding Overland Airways brings to the people of Delta State and its environs, underlain by Overland Airways’ characteristic people-oriented and excellent flight services.
“With a modern fleet of 12 aircraft, superior technical and management capabilities as well as unmatched commitment to the sustainable development of Nigeria’s remote economies and airports, Overland Airways is one of the best managed airlines in the world today. And this is a plus today for Delta State and the environs”, she said.