By Abimbola Fashakin, Lagos
Dana Air has commenced daily flights from Lagos to Owerri with anÂ introductory online fare of N12,600 one way.The airline currently operates daily flights to Abuja, Lagos, Abuja,Â Port Harcourt and Uyo and is set to extend its operations to otherÂ cities in Nigeria as part of its strategic route expansion plans.
The Accountable Manager of Dana Air, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, while addressingÂ newsmen in Lagos, said the airline is committed to providing safe,Â reliable and pocket friendly service to the flying public.
Obi also expressed appreciation to the airlinesâ€™ guests, partners andÂ other stakeholders in the aviation industry for their support andÂ patronage, and advised them to take advantage of the online fare,
which he said was part of the airlinesâ€™ way of appreciating itsÂ teeming guests for their loyalty on the airlinesâ€™ existing routenetwork.
â€œWe commenced daily flights from Lagos to Owerri and back with anÂ online fare we feel will be suitable for all. The fare is just our wayÂ of thanking our loyal guests on Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Uyo
routes for visiting our websitewww.flydanaair.com daily to book theirÂ tickets.â€™â€™
Obi while also explaining the reason behind the choice of Owerri, said
â€˜â€™Owerri is fast becoming a hub in Nigeria and our decision was borne
out of our desire to extend our award winning service to the good
people of Owerri, the Imo state capital.
Speaking on the airlinesâ€™ route and fleet expansion plans, Obi said,
â€˜â€™ plans are in top gear to add to our fleet and we are in talks with
our local and foreign partners to see ways to fast track this. We are
also aware of the demand for extension of our world-class services to
more Nigerian cities and the west coast, and wish to state that plans
are underway to expand our route network in the coming month in line
with our growth planâ€,
He assured guests of the airline that Dana Air will continue to invest
in training and retraining of its Pilots, Engineers and other
Technical staff and also contribute to capacity building in the
â€˜We can boast of having some of the best hands in the industry and the
feedback from our guests is positive. We will continue to invest in
training and retraining of our Captains, Engineers and Technical staff
to in order to keep the standards.â€™â€™
However, the airline expressed displeasure over some of the challenges
facing domestic airlines like the rise in fuel price, multiple
charges, and high exchange rate among other issues.