Meridiana Fly, Italy’s fastest growing airline has reaffirmed its commitment to the Nigerian and Ghanaian markets by confirming both routes in their summer schedule for 2017.
The airline, in partnership with Ghana’s first affiliated global aviation advisory firm -Dre Aviation and one of Nigeria’s leading airlines Dana Air, recently launched its operations into the West African market.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, the Managing Director of Dre Aviation, Mr Paul Saade, said the airline was pleased with the success-rate it had recorded within its short entry.
Saade said :“A prudent approach was taken by Meridiana when entering these highly competitive markets but we have demonstrated stable operations and a growing commercial presence for them in West Africa and they are pleased with the results.
“Based on the feedback from our guests, we have also rescheduled the flight times which now means a late evening departure from Lagos which arrives in Italy’s Milan Malpensa Airport early the next day.
“This allows our Nigerian passengers to onward connect onto Meridiana services into Europe and beyond.
” This is a compelling proposition as the fares are much cheaper than other carriers into Europe and offers a real alternative for the travelling public. “Our fares start at 350 dollars all in for a one way ticket into Europe.”
He noted that more frequencies would be added in due course and Dre Aviation was ramping up the market initiative for the carrier in both Ghana and Nigeria.
According to him, Dre Aviation, which is also Meridiana Fly’s office GSA partner for Sierra Leone and Liberia, are seeing demand for connecting passengers from these markets into Italy grow via the Lagos service.
Saade said the Nigerian partner, Dana Air, had flown 4.5 million passengers in the last eight years of its operation and currently operates over 27 daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Owerri.
He said the airline was reputed for its superior on–time performance, world-class in-flight service and customer service.