Rousing Welcome As Air Peace Makes Maiden Flight Into Akure (Photos)



 
Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (right) and Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema enjoying a moment of fun on board Air Peace inaugural Lagos-Akure service on Sunday
Nigeria’s fastest-growing airline, Air Peace made its inaugural flight from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos into the Akure Airport on Sunday, with a delighted crowd of Ondo State government officials, aviation regulators  investors and other dignitaries giving the airline a rousing welcome in Akure.
R-L: Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema and Ondo State First Lady, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu exchanging pleasantries with guests during Air Peace inaugural flight into Akure Airport on Sunday

On board the maiden Lagos-Akure flight, which touched down to a spectacular water salute from two trucks mounted by officers of the Fire Service Department of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at the Akure Airport, were the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, the carrier’s Ambassador, Kcee and other dignitaries.
Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu flanked by Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema (4th right), Ondo State First Lady, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (2nd right), Air Peace Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide (5th right) and other dignitaries at the Akure Airport during Air Peace inaugural Lagos-Akure service on Sunday
Ondo State First Lady, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu and the Deputy Governor, Mr. Agbola Ajayi led a mixed crowd of government officials and other dignitaries to receive the Boeing 737 aircraft with registration mark 5N-BQO at the Akure Airport.

Ondo State First Lady, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu and Air Peace Chairman, Mr. Allen Onyema in warm thankful before the Akure-Lagos leg of the inaugural flight on Sunday, while Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu and Special Assistant to the Governor on Development and Investment, Mr. Boye Oyewumi (behind Onyema) look on
Governor Akeredolu, who could not conceal his joy at Air Peace’s entry into the Akure-Lagos-Akure route, said his administration decided to partner with the airline to drive the economic development of the oil-producing state through air transportation.
L-R: Air Peace Assistant Customer Relations Manager, Patricia Ebilah, Deputy Human Resources Manager, Ume Ume, Airport Coordinator, Clementina Okunze, Acting IT Manager, Chidinma Anumaka, Assistant Procurement Manager, Motunrayo Boladale, Head of Procurement, Obiageri Akano, Monitoring and Head of Complaince and Monitoring, Joy Imeli, Business Development Manager, Tracy Osakwe and Commercial Systems Analyst, Peggy Onyema  shortly after the airline’s inaugural Akure-Lagos flight touched landed at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Sunday
Emphasising the benefits of partnering with the airline in the areas of tourism and investment, the governor said:No doubt, we have an air link to Ondo from Lagos, it means a lot to Ondo State people. Our drive is for investment and a lot of our investors want to come in.”
Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu being ushered to Air Peace aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema (in red cap), Technical Director, Engineering, Mr. Benedict Adeyileka (right) and Lagos Station Manager, Mr. Aminu Suleman (left) during the airline’s inaugural Lagos-Akure-Lagos service on Sunday
He added: “We are starting with Lagos-Akure and Akure back to Lagos. We already have an airline running Akure-Abuja but it would not stop Air Peace if they find out that they can also do combined flight. It will be in our interest, but what we have now is Lagos-Akure, Akure-Lagos with Air Peace.”
Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (4th left), First Lady (3rd left), Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema, Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide (right) and Air Peace staff at the Akure Airport during the commencement of Air Peace Lagos-Akure-Lagos service on Sunday
He advised officials of the state government to take advantage of the new flight service to avoid kidnappers and other criminal elements, warning that his administration would not pay ransom to secure anybody’s release.
Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu submits himself to security screening by  Air Peace staff before the departure of the airline’s inaugural flight from the at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to the Akure Airport on Sunday, while Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema (in red cap) and Technical Director, Engineering, Mr. Benedict Adeyileka look on
Air Peace, the governor revealed, was preferred among other airlines the state negotiated with.
“We discussed with many airlines, but those involved in the negotiations were able to report to me that Air Peace gave us the best in terms of their offer. The offer appears better than other airlines. And again, it is a growing airline. They have even promised us to deploy one of their expected new aircraft to this route,” Akeredolu said.

Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu waving to the crowd that came to welcome Air Peace’s inaugural flight to Akure Airport on Sunday
He praised the Chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema for supporting his administration’s effort to open up Ondo State to investors and investment.
Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (left) and Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer enjoying the performance by a cultural troupe at the welcome party to mark the maiden Air Peace Lagos-Akure-Lagos service on Sunday
For his part, Onyema assured that Air Peace was in Ondo State to collaborate with the Akeredolu administration to boost the economy of the state and power the development of the country through air transport.
L-R: Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema and Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide observing the National Anthem at the Akure Airport during Air Peace inaugural Lagos-Akure service on Sunday


“It is part of Air Peace’s drive to contribute to the unity and development of this country. So, you can see now, N10,000 for a one-way trip; it has never happened before. We decided to do this in order to assist Ondo State. Human and mineral resources abound in Ondo State.
Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu rendering a song of praise to God for the grand commencement of Air Peace Lagos-Akure-Lagos service on Sunday
We want to help investors go into Akure
and Ondo State. Aviation is a catalyst for economic development. It is part of our policy to give every part of this country a chance to develop. We are going into Akure to help them actualise their own economic development plan. Investors are already asking questions about the state. They are looking forward to going there.”
Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema explaining the airline’s mission in Ondo State during the welcome party for Air Peace inaugural service to Akure on Sunday
Also Speaking, Senior Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Development and Investment, Mr. Boye Oyewumi said the administration was serious about making the state an investor destination in the country.

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