Airlines operating in Nigeria are in for an in-flight catering treat with plans by catering splendours, Things Remembered, to construct catering facilities worth millions of dollars in the country at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
The Chief Executive Officer, Things Remembered Mrs Adeola Omikunle, who disclosed this at the launch of Hennessey bar at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Ikeja, said once complete the facility will cater 60 to 70 percent of foreign airlines operating into the country.
She noted that Things Remembered partnering Hennessey by opening the Hennessey bar at the MMIA was as a result of the high consumption of the product by Nigerians.
According to her, it was part of the catering company’s contribution to add value to the facilities at the airport.
Mrs Omikunle who has eateries at the General Aviation Terminal, MMA2, Abuja terminals and MMIA also supply domestic airlines with in-flight catering services.
The Chief Executive Officer said:” Our motivation is to add a value the airport, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. We are trying to rebrand Nigeria and this is the way that I am contributing my own quota in rebranding Nigeria.
“We are in Abuja airport, GAT, MMA2, and then the MMIA. And for your information, we are also doing air flight schedules.
“We are trying to build a big facility at GAT , this facility that will cater for airlines coming into Nigeria will be worth millions in dollars. You know Nigeria is a hub for Africa, and we want build a facility that will take 60-70 percent of the market in Nigeria.
“With the current drive by the government for foreign direct investment, we have quite a lot of foreign investors coming into the country and trying to make some investments.”
Also speaking, the general manager Nigeria, Hennessey /Moet Lere Awokoya said, it was a way of appreciation to Nigerians for identifying with the product.
Awokoya said the consumption of Hennessey drink has been on the increase in the country.
He said:” Hennessy is one of the most serious brands to Nigerians. It is just one of the reasons we are showing it to the market and Nigerians. We just marked our 250 anniversary.
“What we can say is the few things of the many things that we are doing, just to show and mark our foot prints in Nigeria. There are so many things that you can experience many things that we are doing in this bar.”
“We are very happy and proud to partner with Things Remembered, it was also a project that was launched in 2015, it was the year Hennessy celebrated its 250 anniversary.
“So it was a way for us to show our appreciations to Nigerian consumers. You may not know but Hennessy is number one loved spirit in Nigeria. We are told that we need to displace it in the best environment and showcase what the brand really stand for.
“With the premium best service, and directly aspect of it, am sure our customers experience the best of the lounge, and hope that of lot of our consumers, who are travelling will appreciate a glass of Hennessy before getting into plane.
“This is first Hennessy bar we have in Nigeria, and further than that, this is the first we have in Africa. Once again, it is very important for us to have the first in Lagos. Since Nigeria is the one that enjoys the first Hennessy in African continent.”