Emir of Kano and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Alhaji Muhammed Sanusi II has stated that the Emirate would continue to support Air Peace to succeed on the Lagos–Kano route even as he advised the airline not to delay its passengers but to ensure sustenance of its operations with quality service at all times.

 Speaking at a brief ceremony to mark the inaugural flight of Air Peace Airline into the ancient City, the Emir, who was represented by Jakadan Hausa, Alhaji Ibrahim Sambo expressed his delight as Air Peace has come to increase the number of airlines operating into Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, saying, the people of Kano are very happy at the development.

According to him, “all the necessary support will be given to Air Peace to succeed. When Air Peace came to express its interest to fly to Kano, we made it a matter of importance to give them accommodation. The Emir, as a reciprocal gesture, urged the airline’s management to ensure that the fares payable on the route are affordable in order to sustain the route.

Also speaking at the event, the Chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema stated that the launch of flights to Kano was a significant milestone in the airline’s vision to unite Nigeria through air travel and lift the nation’s economy through trade facilitation and massive job creation.

According to Onyema, “today’s historic event is in accordance with our strategy to expand our operations in the Northern part of Nigeria and connect other un-served or under-served cities of the nation.”

He noted that Kano has long been recognised as the economic capital of Northern Nigeria, pointing out that the extension of our flight services to the state will greatly and positively impact on the economy of the region.

Onyema disclosed that the Kano launch would precede the commencement of flight operations to Yola in Adamawa State and Freetown, Banjul and Dakar.

He added that last year, the airline hugely expanded its capacity to serve the flying public with the increase of its fleet to 24 airplanes.

The Air Peace Chairman also said that on January 31 and February 8 the airline took delivery of two of the six Embraer 145 aircraft it recently acquired to serve cities with air transport difficulties under its new subsidiary, Airy Peace Hopper.

The airline, he stated is more positioned to transform air travel experience in Nigeria, West Africa sub region and beyond.

In his words, “we are reputed for our time performance and uncompromising stand on matters of safety. We promise to leverage the experience of our skilled staff and excellent business model to end the era of endless delays on the Lagos–Kano-Lagos and Kano -Abuja-Kano routes.”

He appealed for patronage and support as the airline operate twice daily from Lagos into Kano and back, once from Kano into Abuja and back and try to deliver a whole new extinction the Kano route.

“We are determined to forge a mutually beneficial relationship with the good people and residents of Kano and its neighbouring states,” Onyema assured.

On his part, the Regional Manager, Alhaji Muhammad Bello said that immediately the airline showed interest of flying into Kano he assured the airline of the agency’s support and hope that the airline would sustain the flights on the route