As part of its expansion drive, Nigeria’s latest airline to enter into the domestic market, MaxAir Limited, has announced its decision to expand its operations to Port Harcourt and Yola routes.
It would be recalled that the airline, which commenced domestic operations in the country in July, has operated an approximately 1,414 flights within three months according to available statistics.
While speaking on the expansion, the Executive Director, MaxAir, Harish Manwani, who spoke in Abuja, said the airline would commence Abuja-Port Harcourt and Abuja-Yola flights on November 5 in addition to the existing routes, noting that the airline had shown resilience within four months of operation by adding more routes.
According to him, “We are starting Yola and Port Harcourt routes on Monday, November 5, with Abuja-Yola, Yola-Abuja, Abuja-Port Harcourt and Port Harcourt-Abuja but we have not finalized Lagos-Port Harcourt and Lagos-Yola routes.
“Like Lagos-Kano, it is one flight everyday but Abuja-Kano is two flights a day in the morning and evening while Abuja- Lagos is three flights every day.
“We currently operate with three B737 aircraft and three B747 in our fleet of which the 737 are deployed on the domestic routes while the 747 are used for Umrah and Hajj operations.
“We are planning to add more but since we are just starting in expanding the routes, we will add more
“So far, business has been going well because we started with three destinations, Kano, Lagos and Abuja and we added Maiduguri in September and on November 5, we are adding two more routes. Then we plan to expand to more routes from the early part of next years.”
Manwani also explained that the airline had added Maiduguri route to its operation in September, adding that Lagos-Port Harcourt route soon be added when the arrangements were perfected.
He said the expansion drive would also involve acquiring more and efficient aircraft, saying that MaxAir currently operate three B737 for the domestic operation and three B747 for Hajj and Umrah.
MaxAir is one of the leading carriers in Hajj and Umrah operations in the country for decades.
The airline started operation with three routes such as Kano-Lagos, Lagos-Kano operated once daily; Kano-Abuja, Abuja-Kano operated twice daily and three flights daily on Abuja-Lagos, Lagos-Abuja route.