United Nigeria Airline will commence regularly scheduled flight operations to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport (SMICA) on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The inaugural Owerri flight will depart the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MM2) Ikeja, Lagos state at 7.00 am and terminate at SMICA. It will depart SMICA for MM2 at 11:30 am.
The airline will depart SMICA at 8:30 am for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja and return to SMICA at 10:00 am. It will stay a regular schedule for United Nigeria Airways on the Owerri route.
United Airline commenced operations in February this year and during its inaugural flight, its Chairman, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, stated the short term aim was to consolidate, set up all its routes and then work on the expansion. He also stated the airline needs to develop beyond Nigeria, ranging from the West Coast.
“We can see that there is a gap in this industry and we have not made any mistake to make Enugu aviation hub. The state authorities will give us encouragement and we are driven by service to humanity. Our short term is to consolidate, set up all our routes and then work about expanding. We want to expand beyond Nigeria, starting from the West Coast.
“The market is big and there is a need for a lot of aircraft. It might surprise you to know that had a full load in all the routes we operated on the day of our inaugural flight. We’re ready for the competition. Those that are within the enterprise must be apprehensive about because we’re new. We think that throughout the next three months we shall be able to expand our routes,” Okonkwo stated.