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K-Impex Airlines begins operations next year, targets local cargoes

The domestic air transport market is set to receive a boost as K-Impex Airlines is set to commence scheduled passenger, cargo, and charter operations across…

The domestic air transport market is set to receive a boost as K-Impex Airlines is set to commence scheduled passenger, cargo, and charter operations across the country.

The airline, according to the Managing Director, Dr Abel Ozigi, will also operate local cargo targeting perishable and non-perishable goods.

In a chat with newsmen, he said the airline plans to start with four planes for scheduled operations, two 12-seaters for charter and one freighter by the first quarter of 2022.

He noted that insecurity and decaying road infrastructure have made the transportation of goods and services by road very difficult and unfashionable.

Ozigi disclosed that the airline was shopping for the model of aircraft of between 15 to 20 tons capacity to develop the local cargo operations.

He said he was personally concerned about the huge losses being incurred by distributors of perishable goods resulting from frequent accidents and attacks by bandits on the highways, adding that the airline’s planned freight services would eliminate such unforeseen circumstances.

“The initiative l believe, will equally ensure that perishable items are delivered fresh to consumers.

“It will eradicate delays and multiple taxations incurred by distributors who usually pay rates from state to state as they truck their goods.”

 Ozigi, who did not disclose the type of aircraft model the airline is procuring for the various operations said, “We are quite aware of the implications of using the right model of aircraft for domestic operations so we are ordering the most suitable airplanes for our local and regional operations.”

The managing director further disclosed that K-Impex Airlines would start operations locally but would eventually extend to regional routes within the first six months.