Sharjah Airport recently received Air Peace’s inaugural flight from Lagos. Sharjah Airport is the Nigerian airline’s first international airport outside Africa.
The company has appointed Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA) as its exclusive agent in the UAE market.
His Excellency Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of SATA said: “We welcome the arrival of Nigeria’s Air Peace, which operates flights from Sharjah Airport as a hub and destination. The Emirate of Sharjah is attracting a growing number of tourists and businessmen from various African destinations including Nigeria. These flights will help position Sharjah as a centre for tourism, culture and business, attracting more tourists from Africa to Sharjah.”
Upon its landing, the plane was received by officials from the airport’s management and a delegation from the Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority and the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Allen Onyema, chairman and CEO of Air Peace said: “We thank the officials of Sharjah Airport Authority and the employees at the airport for the support they have provided to Air Peace and for facilitating all procedures necessary to start operating flights to Sharjah. The Emirate of Sharjah is the airline’s first destination outside Africa. We hope that it will be a central hub for the airline’s global reach, especially since Sharjah’s strategic location is ideal.”
The company seeks to capitalise on the growing demand for travel to and from Sharjah by operating three flights per week on a Boeing 777. The flights will depart from Sharjah Airport at 8:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to arrive at Lagos International Airport.
The move is predicted to benefit tourism and trade sectors and strengthen the national economy while meeting the demand for travel in both directions.