One of the newest domestic airline operators in Nigeria, Discovery Air commenced flights to Port Harcourt and Uyo at the weekend.
Speaking to aviation journalists at the commencement of the routes at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 MMA2, Capt. Mohammed Abdulsalami, the Managing Director of the airline said it is the realization of the airline’s dream. “We are commencing new routes. Today is the realization of that dream of expansion. We are commencing flight operations to Uyo and Port Harcourt.”
Adding to the new routes, the airline MD said the plan is in the offing is to start flight operations to Owerri and Yola soon. Capt. Abdulsalami commented on the reason for the airline to bring the airfare to as low as N8,000.
He said, “We believe that if you make the flight affordable, more people will be encouraged to fly. It does not necessarily mean that you will not be getting enough revenue. We are trying to bring air travel closer to the people, to make it cheaper and affordable. The more the merrier. Nigeria is more than 170 million. I do not think we are too many. World bank recommends about 15 airlines for this country.”
Looking ahead into the West Coast, DiscoveryAir MD said the plan in the pipeline. “We have made arrangement to acquire two additional aircraft. We have CRJ coming and B737.
We hope by the first quarter of next year we should be able to commence operation into the West Coast. We intend to go to most of the destinations along the West Coast as far as Dakar. Then, we intend to operate to Douala, Libreville.”-said heNo tags for this post.