Nigeria’s oldest carrier, Aero Contractors, would from September 1 begin shuttle services from Kaduna to Abuja.
The airline said providing the shuttle has become necessary as business is picking up after COVID-19 lockdown with increased movement of people between the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kaduna.
The airline said the service was in response to the yearnings of its customers, as travellers from the northern states capital have shunned travelling by road due to potential security threats.
Aero Contractors said it would deploy its Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft and would fly from Kaduna to Abuja twice daily, in the morning and in the evening.
The CEO of Aero Contractors, Captain Ado Sanusi said that the airline decided to respond to the call of its customers to introduce the shuttle service and also contribute in boosting the economy of Kaduna state.
He said: “We studied the situation and realised that many Nigerians are no more travelling from Kaduna to Abuja by road due to security fears. We also realised that the train service cannot accommodate many people that would want to travel due to high demand; so we have decided to introduce this shuttle service.
“A flight with our Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft will take about 30 minutes to get to Abuja, which is against two hours by rail at a giveaway price.
“In order to service our customers better we decided to respond to the call to deploy aircraft between these two major cities. We are starting with two flights daily and will review as demand increases. We know that economic activities are picking up, especially in Kaduna after the COVID-19 lockdown and this is our contribution to speedy economic recovery of the state and Nigeria.”