Simon Ateba/Aviation correspondent
Aero Contractors, Nigeria’s second largest airline, will resume daily flight to Kaduna on 29 August with a promotional ticket fare of N13, 000, the carrier said on Thursday, just days after Hugh Fraser replaced Obaro Ibru as Managing Director.
The Kaduna flight will be operated with the modern Q-400 aircraft, Aero said in a statement.
Aero said customers can take advantage of the promotional fare offer when they book ahead and pay online.
“The airline’s decision to resume Kaduna is borne out of the importance attached to the ‘Liberal State’ now ‘Centre of Education’ and Kaduna city which once served as the capital of old Northern Region of Nigeria,” Aero said.
Aero is the only airline to serve twice daily flights to Kaduna with a competitive fare in the market that appeals to families, students, business communities and leisure travellers.
The airline is the first domestic carrier in Nigeria to introduce online booking and payment, SMS booking with mobile phone payments, online check in, and automated customer care centre thereby making travel easier and convenient for the customers.
It is also the first to acquire the AMO (aircraft maintenance organisation) certificate which allows it to maintain its aircrafts and for other airlines.
At present, Aero operates over 55 flights a day to more than 13 destinations, including Lagos, Abuja, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Warri, Benin, Uyo, Kano, Enugu, Accra and Douala with plans to open more routes.
Aero Contractors newly appointed Managing Director, Hugh Fraser said; “These are indeed exciting times for us at Aero as our customers who use the Kaduna airport will now have more regular and timely flights between Lagos and Kaduna”.
He added: “We are resuming the route with two flights daily and as traffic increases on the route, we also anticipate increasing our frequency. The airline will be taking delivery of more aircraft any time from now to beef up its operations.”