By Abimbola FashakinÂ
Air Cote Dâ€™Ivoire had announced that it will begin to operate Abuja and Abidjan route from 15 February.
The airline made this known in a statement signed by its Country Manager-Nigeria, Mr Moustapha Fofana, in Lagos.
The statement said that, â€œthis was coming on the heels of the airlineâ€™s recent launch of the delivery of yet another brand new Dash 8-Q400 aircraft.
â€œThe recently acquired airliner is one of three new aircraft expected to join the carrierâ€™s young fleet this year.
â€œA total of three weekly flights will be operated between both destinations in a two class configuration of 7 seat in Business Class and 60 seats in Economy class.
â€œThe flights will depart from Abuja on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 09:20am and arrive in Abidjan at 11: 05am.
â€œThey will depart from Abidjan at 7:25pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to arrive in Abuja at 11:15pm,â€™â€™ it stated.
The statement said that the flights would be in addition to its current five flights weekly from Lagos.
â€œConnecting the city of Abuja through direct flights to Abidjan will not only open the region to seamless connectivity in the spirit of the Yamoussoukro it will also go a long way to foster closer relations between Nigeria and Cote Dâ€™Ivoire, offer greater choice to customers, and significantly reduce travel time for passengers,â€™â€™ it stated.