Robust business fortunes await Med-View Airline in 2017 as it moves to dominate flight operations on the West Coast sub region. Towards this, it com
menced flight services to Monrovia, Liberia and Freetown, Sierra Leone via Accra, Ghana last December 20. The venture, according to aviation watchers, will further cement the integration of the sub region with a view to promoting trade under the prevailing global economic recession.
The business expansion embarked upon in the twilight of the year 2016 was in line with the airline’s management’s resolve to deploy its ever expanding Accra operations as stepping stone to other countries in the West Coast.
The inaugural flight of Med-View Airline to the two countries took off from Lagos via Kotoka International Airport, Ghana to Roberts International Airport, Liberia and Freetown International Airport, Sierra Leone. The outbound flight headed straight to Kotoka International Airport in Ghana before going back to Nigeria.
Apart from the business expansion the governments of the two destinations, Liberia and Sierra Leone, considered the development as a giant leap in the socio-political integration of the sub region and a major step towards giving muscle to commerce among the Economic Community of West African States , ECOWAS, countries.
At the Roberts International Airport, Liberia where the flight was warmly received, the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, described the new operation as a courageous move by Med-View to fill the vacuum created by the absence of African airlines plying the West African routes.
He said the development aligns with the vision of ECOWAS to deepen trade and economic relations among African countries and their peoples.
It was also a rousing welcome for the airline at Freetown International Airport, Sierra Leone, as the country’s Minister of Transport and Aviation, Leonard Koroma, who was patiently awaiting the arrival of the flight, said the government and people of his country were delighted with the development.
He described Med-View as not only the airline of Nigeria but that of Sierra Leone, urging the airline to further expand its operations in the country.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Gladys Dupeola- Quist Adebiyi said the new flight opening would boost trade relations between Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The visibly elated Managing Director of Med-View Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said the airline decided to open up the two routes simultaneously because of his belief in deepening regional integration which the West African leaders have bee
n yearning for over the years.
According to him, the flight service would also improve business activities, capacities and capabilities of people of the two countries. He added that Med-View Airline is in Liberia and Sierra Leone to create jobs for the people of the two countries.
He assured that the airline would be consistent on the new routes, saying the airline would expand in the two countries and provide more jobs for their people.
Speaking in Freetown, the MD said, “This airline has no comparism on our zero tolerance for on- time
departures. You keep faith with us, we tell people what we do and our service on board is incomparable. What I will advise everybody here is to fly Med-View.
“We are commencing the flights here tod
ay and we pledge that henceforth we shall be regular every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and you would see the difference”.
Meanwhile Med-View has taken delivery of one of its aircraft, a B737-800, which arrived Nigeria also last December 20. The aircraft is expected to strengthen the airline’s domestic operations especially as the Christmas and New Year festivities draw nearer with the expected surge in passengers.