Gov. Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara has commended Medview Airline for extending its domestic flight operations to the state.
Ahmed made the commendation when he received officials of Medview Airline at the Ilorin Airport after the airline’s inaugural flight to the state on Tuesday.
The flight, which landed at the airport at 8:50am, was received by aviation officials and other top dignitaries.
The governor who was represented by the Kwara State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Aro Yahaya, said the commencement of scheduled flights to the state by the airline was a welcomed development.
“We feel happy. It is a clear manifestation that investors believe in our state because we have created enabling environment to attract investors.
“We are happy that we are having an additional airline that is going to operate on a regular basis and create competition and improve service delivery.
“It is going to reduce frustration of our people, especially frequent cancellations from the few airlines that were operating here before the arrival of Medview,” Ahmed said.
According to him, it will lead to a reduction in air fares due to competition and also help in boosting employment in the state.
Also speaking, the Chief Operating Officer of Medview Airline, Mr Lookman Animashaun, said the airline had been supportive of the Kwara State government, especially with regards to Hajj operations which began in 2007.
“So, we have been on ground in Kwara State but to further demonstrate this, we have started regular scheduled flights to Ilorin which started this morning.
“Our intention is to connect Kwara State to Abuja and all the other routes on our network and we are optimistic that this will also be of benefit to the neighbouring states,” Animashaun said.
He said apart of connecting Ilorin to Lagos, passengers of the airline also be able to connect to northern cities like Yola, Kaduna, Kano, Maiduguri via Abuja.
“If you look at the other airlines that are here, they are not as grounded as Medview in terms of presence and in terms of actually moving equipment.
“A lot of Kwara indigenes have been asking Medview to commence scheduled operations on this route and that is why we have brought our services to them to give them the option of choosing,” Animashaun said.
He said the airline would operate three flights weekly to and from Ilorin on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.