Medview Airline has announced that it would commence direct operations to Southern Terminal of Gatwick Airport, in the United Kingdom from November 20, 2015 after having met all criteria put forward by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the foreign Affairs ministries.
This is just as it has revealed it would soon be announcing a date for the commencement of Dubai operations as approval has been secured at all quarters
Managing Director of the Airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole who made this known during a media event said that the choice of going to the united kingdom was predicated on the fact that the route was one of the busiest but expressed confidence that with the airline’s unique operations style it would conquer the route.
| Engineer Lookman Animashaun, Head of Engineering(Left), Med-View Airline; Alhaji Muneer Bankole, MD/CEO(Middle)|
and flanked right by Captain Geoffrey Ogbogu, Head of Flight Operations during the
Med-View Airline Press briefing to announce the commencement of its Lagos-London flight held in Lagos on Tuesday.
The airline will fly the route with a Boeing 767-300ER christened ‘ABEKE’ and the flight will commence four times in a week on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a very competitive economic fare of N149, 000.
According to the airline CEO, everything is set to ensure that the airline, which prides itself as Nigerian true in true will make a difference on the route as it has already prepared the ground on the route with a totally Nigerian staff strength also in a bid to tackle the unemployment challenges in the country.
“You will agree with me that the Lagos-London route has remained one of the busiest routes in the world, yet remained one of the most expensive. It is against this background that Medview airline is entering the route to supply the missing link in terms of capacity, reasonable fares, good customer care and excellent in-flight entertainment.”
Speaking on why Gatwick instead of the more popular Heathrow, Bankole explained that his team has done an extensive cost analysis and feasibility study and with his experience they can make the route lucrative especially with worthwhile customer eccentric plans.
He said that the fare would be very competitive and each Medview Airline ticket bought from the airline to Gatwick will take you back to your destination in Nigeria at no extra cost.
Another unique selling point is that the airline he said is, “We have also secured slots at Gatwick Southern Terminal with good train service, Gatwick Express, Limousine services for business Class and bus connections to Victoria station and various points in Central, South and East London, all these will make the passenger travel seamless and will be at no cost to the passenger.”
On the added advantages he said,” Our passengers on Economy will enjoy a 32kg 2-piece baggage allowance while those on Business Class are entitled to three. There will also be African and continental meals that will be served on board with a variety of music and films to compliment”
Speaking on the flight commencement, Head of Flight Operations, Captain Godfrey Ogbogu said that the airline would do quite well in the route and bring to bear all its ground breaking experience which it had used in previous routes to bear on this new route and that the airline will be successful.
The airline’s Chief Pilot, Captain Ayodeji Dipeola also expressed confidence that the airline would deliver on its promise on good service and safe flight from departure point to destination stating that its service will speak for itself and assured Nigerians on the standard of their pilots
Medview has also unveiled plans to expand its West Coast routes to Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra-Leone hinting that its Accra, Ghana route it commenced in September 2015 is in full gear and also states that it will soon commence two more domestic operations in Kano and Kaduna soon