Commercial airline operator, Air Peace has announced commencement of its Lagos-Akure route flight.
In a statement issued by the airline's Corporate Communications Manager, Mr. Chris Iwarah, the inaugural flight is scheduled for August 11, 2017 from Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to Akure.
The return flight back to Lagos is also billed for the same day.
The statement noted that the commencement of the flight route is to collaborate with Ondo state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu to guarantee easy access to Ondo State by investors, tourists and other categories of air travellers.
"We are delighted to announce the commencement of our Lagos-Akure-Lagos service on Friday, August 11, 2017. Air Peace has been operating from our main hub in Lagos State since 2014 and so the launch of the second route in the South West of Nigeria is only a natural progression.
"Air Peace is pleased to have this opportunity to add such an important destination as Akure to our local route network. Akure lies geographically on the tropical belt and is bordered in the north by Ekiti and Kogi; east by Edo; west by Oyo and Ogun. Ondo is one of Nigeria's most exciting destinations for leisure and business travel.
"The flights to Akure will open up a whole new opportunity for Air Peace guests to visit and explore the wealth of tourist attractions of the state as well as expand the access of investors and other categories of air travellers to connect with the state.
"The new route allows for connections to additional markets from Akure, creating a more convenient trip for those wishing to visit the city.
"We expect that our new service will contribute to the economy of Ondo State by bringing new travellers to the area from across our route network, while at the same time offering greater competitive choice for the air travel public and passenger connectivity for the area to all the destinations we serve. We anticipate that the launch will jump-start the effort of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to open up the the Sunshine State to massive investment engagements.
"We are committed to offering all Air Peace guests first-class service and innovation, both on board and on the ground," the statement said.
While expressing his delight, Ondo state governor appreciated the chairman of Air Peace for "his tremendous support with initiating the Lagos-Akure route."
The governor also expressed optimism that the Lagos-Akure route will be a viable route, citing the Abuja-Lokoja route.