By Chinedu Eze
Overland Airways, one of Nigeria’s leading scheduled and charter airlines, has inaugurated its Lagos-Cotonou-Niamey flights.
According to the airline, Overland Airways’ Lagos-Cotonou-Niamey flights would operate on Wednesdays and Fridays and would depart Lagos at 19:00, arrive Cotonou at 19:30 for a brief stop-over and depart Cotonou at 20:00 to arrive Niamey at 22:00.
The airline said the flights would leave Niamey at 05:00 on Thursdays and Saturdays to arrive Cotonou at 07:00 and continue at 07:30 to arrive Lagos at 08:00.
“Overland Airways’ Lagos-Cotonou-Niamey flights will offer opportunities for travellers in Niger Republic to reach Nigeria and Benin Republic for business and pleasure.
“In addition, passengers may connect regional and long-haul flights from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and Cotonou Airport to other parts of Africa, Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia,” it stated.
The Chief Operating Officer of Overland Airways, Mrs. Aanu Benson, said the Lagos-Cotonou-Niamey flights would connect the Sahel region to the dense business and tourism opportunities in Cotonou and Lagos both in coastal West Africa, thereby stimulating trade and commercial activities in Benin Republic, Niger Republic and Nigeria.
“We must bring to life the whole essence and meaning of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the region. Overland Airways’ Lagos-Cotonou-Niamey flights promise passengers top quality services across its network.”
“Essentially, the Lagos-Cotonou-Niamey flights will connect traders, business people and holiday-makers to the rich farming and livestock industry, especially the Wadata Handicraft Village that presents an assortment of leather products, and milk production in Niger Republic.
“The country has huge mineral resources that present business opportunities, and is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other historical monuments, as well as fascinating traditional celebrations that attract international guests,” she said.
The airline also noted that the Republic of Benin is a source of agriculture raw materials and mineral resources.
“Its informal trade and commodity markets supported by the Port of Cotonou are fast growing in popularity among buyers and sellers on the West Coast. Lagos, the commercial capital of West Africa, with a population of about 20 million inhabitants, is the headquarters of many international businesses in Nigeria, and offers sea ports that have become West Africa’s biggest importation and exportation gateways,” Benson added.