BY PRINCELY ONYENWE,IMO
FROM Wednesday this week, Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors will commence flights from Abuja to Bauchi four times weekly as part of its route expansion programme.
The arrangement is concluded that Bauchi flight would be closely followed by those of Maiduguri in Borno State and Calabar in Cross River on dates to be announced soon, according to the airline.
The Managing Director of the Aero, Capt Abdullahi Mahmood, at a press conference in Lagos, said the Abuja-Bauchi flights would be operated every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
According to the schedule, the Bauchi flight will depart Abuja at 09:10 am, arriving at Bauchi at 10:10 am.
The return leg will then depart Bauchi at 10:40 am, and arrive in Abuja at 11:40 on weekdays, while on Sunday the flight will depart Abuja for Bauchi at 09:50 am, with the return flight from Bauchi at 11:20 am.
The MD explained that passengers from Lagos could fly to Bauchi via Abuja using the 06:45 am flight out of Lagos.
He further said, “We believe that these routes will add fresh breadth to our schedule and complement the quest to rebuild our network to other cities as part of our strategy to expand. Bauchi and Maiduguri are some of the underserved cities in Northern Nigeria.”
He added that the airline’s Boeing 737-400 which would be used for the new routes had just been released from C-Check conducted at the Aero maintenance hangar.
This is an expansion of the airline to keep the air business afloat and available at all times all over the federation starting with Abuja-Bauchi Flight four times weekly as stated.
9News Nigeria (Owerri)
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