Gideon Arinze in Enugu
The Chairman and Chief Executive officer of United Nigeria Airlines, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, has announced that the airline would expand its activities across all commercial airports in Nigeria in line with its motto of flying to unite.
Okonkwo made this known in Enugu on yesterday during the opening session of the 2022 management retreat of the company held as part of activities preceding its 1-year anniversary celebration with the theme: Positioning for growth.
Okonkwo explained that the retreat was intended to enable senior members of the management to take stock of their activities, from when they started operations to where they are now and where they are headed to.
He recalled that at the start of operations on February 12, 2021, the airline had four fleets of airplanes, which was later increased to five, adding that the plan is to double the number by the end of the year.
He said: “We want to find ourselves in all commercial airports in Nigeria and that will mean expanding to the North-east and the North-west and further down the South-west and the South-South. It also means we will have to increase our operations and staff strength.”
Okonkwo said that the airline’s regional operations would take off in the first quarter of 2022.
He maintained that the retreat will provide management members with the opportunity to think of how best to improve customer client experience and sustain team motivation, which is necessary for the company to achieve desired success.
He noted that the retreat was organised to commend members of the management for their efforts at taking the company to greater heights, particularly, those who have performed well in the last one year to serve as an encouragement to other members.
“We are going to increase our interaction with the government of Enugu State. We do hope that the government will also provide us with the support and environment we need to thrive,” he said.