The inaugural flight touched down at about 11 am and was greeted with a water cannon salute by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, fire service unit.
In his welcome address, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said the coming of Air Peace airline to the state is a big relief to the teaming city travelers as the airline has immediately “crashed the airfare from Ibadan to Abuja to affordable level”.
Governor Makinde, who said the state would make the route an economically viable one for the airline, added: “The coming of Air Peace will strengthen and enhance the economy of the state. We have a dry Port here that will facilitate the clearing of goods in record time. This will take the stress off importers in the state and neighbouring states and save them the stress of going to Lagos port to clear goods”.
Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, promised to link Ibadan to every geo- political zone of the country. He also said opening of the Ibadan route is part of the airline’s “no-city-left-behind” aimed at interconnecting various cities across.
Onyema asserted: “Plans are already on to commence Port Harcourt to Ibadan flight. Abuja, Ibadan to Kano flight is also already in the pipeline. I believe in the oneness of Nigeria. As a nationalist, I am going to connect all cities in the country.”
“I will link Ibadan to the South South, South East, North East, North West and every part of the country. I believe in the unity of the country”, he disclosed.
The airline was received at the inaugural flight by the Olubadan of Ibadan, His Highness, Oba Saliu Adetunji
Other dignitaries who witnessed the inaugural flight of Air Peace included officials of the Oyo State Government, former National Assembly members, including Senator Kola Balogun and Chief Lekan Alabi who delivered the Olubadan welcome address.