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United Nigeria Airlines has announced that it plans to increase its presence by investing hugely in Enugu State, its operational hub.
Chairman and Chief Executive officer of the Airline, Dr Obiora Okonkwo made this known Wednesday during the opening session of the 2022 management retreat of the company.
Okonkwo also said that the company was further making plans to expand its activities across all commercial airports in Nigeria in keeping with its motto of flying to unite.
“We are going to increase our interaction with the government of Enugu State,” he said. We do hope that the government will also provide us with the support and environment we need to thrive”.
The chairman explained that the retreat, held as part of activities preceding the company’s 1-year anniversary celebration, was intended to enable senior members of the management take stock of their activities, from when they started operations to where they are and where they are headed.
He recalled that at the start of operations on February 12 2021, the airline had four fleets of airplanes which were later increased to five, adding that the plan is to double the number by the end of the year, starting with the addition of two fleets in the first quarter of 2022.
“We want to find ourselves in all commercial airports in Nigeria and that will mean expanding to the Northeast and the Northwest and further down the Southwest and the South-South. It also means we will have to increase our operations and staff strength”.
While noting that the safety of passengers is at the core of the company’s values, Okonkwo said that the airline’s regional operations will take off in the first quarter of 2022.
He maintained that the retreat will also provide management members with the opportunity to think of how best to Improve customer experience and sustain team motivation which is necessary for the company to achieve desired success.
“We also want 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,” he said.