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07.11.2008 Business & Finance

Virgin Nigeria Lands In Monrovia

By Daily Guide

As part of plans to expand its routes network, Virgin Nigeria Airways has on Tuesday launched its flight service to Liberia with a promise to provide world-class services to its customers.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Nigeria, Conrad Clifford, disclosed that his outfit was poised to make air transport accessible by developing new routes and linking same to its existing routes network to better serve the demands of passengers.

“Our commitment has always been to build strong, economic ties between Nigeria and other nations as we build a world class airline. Our vision is on course as we have expanded the frontiers of trade among several West African nations and Nigeria as well as linking same to our wide network of domestic and international routes,” said Conrad in a remark made on his behalf by the Marketing Manager of the Airline, Nkiru Olumide Oji at a short ceremony at Roberts International Airport in Monrovia, Liberia.

Launching the flight service, the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai said the presence of Virgin Nigeria in his country would not only provide job for Liberians but also strengthen the cordial relationships between the two nations.

He said the government and the people of Liberia would ensure that Virgin Nigeria's operation in the country becomes pleasant and rewarding.  He commended Nigerian investors for spearheading the economic progress of Liberia and appealed to other countries to do the same.

Virgin Nigeria currently flies from Lagos to Abuja, Sokoto, Kano, Port Harcourt, Enugu Owerri, and Calabar on its domestic flight services and from Lagos to Accra, Douala, Dakar, Libreville, Cotonou and Abidjan on the regional routes. London and Johannesburg are also international destinations serviced by Virgin Nigeria Airways.

The airline has established a reputation for reliability, safety and service.  With nine aircrafts and 14 on order, Virgin Nigeria is now one of Nigeria's largest airlines carrying its 1,000,000th passengers and 4,000th ton of freight within two years of operation. Virgin said it is poised to become the leading airline in Africa.

By Felix Dela Klutse, Liberia