Green Africa begins two flight services to P/H from Lagos

Less than one month after commencing flight services, Nigerian start-up airline, Green Africa Airways has added another flight to its Port-Harcourt service, making it two daily flights to the oil-rich city.

The airline is growing its routes carefully rather than the rush some airlines apply in the spread of their route network without corresponding passenger traffic.

The airline in a statement made available to Aviation Metric said, “We are pleased to inform you that we now have two flights daily connecting Port Harcourt and Lagos. Whether you are heading in or out for that early breakfast meeting or want an early evening arrival back to the city to spend time with friends and family, we have a flight for you.”

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The airline further stated that it is now possible to take a trip from Port Harcourt to Lagos or Lagos to Port Harcourt and return to base the same day.

The carrier said the introduction of a second flight could help travelers to save hotel bills by clicking to choose the flight that suits their plan.

There are indications that despite its initial teething problems, the carrier seems to have stabilized as one of the travelers’ choices.

After finally receiving its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on August 9th, Green Africa is now operating regular commercial passenger service. The carrier had hoped to begin operations in late June but faced delays in obtaining its AOC.

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Team Green Africa

The airline’s first official service took place on August 12th from its Lagos base (LOS) to Nigeria’s political capital, Abuja (ABV). Using an ATR72-600 registered as 5N-GAD, the flight departed Lagos at 11:21 as Q9300.

Green Africa operates out of the General Aviation Terminal of Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed Airport.

As is common with these special events, there were a handful of activities arranged to celebrate the airline’s inaugural flight. Customers and Green Africa stakeholders were given a special welcome to Abuja with a water cannon salute as the aircraft touched down on the ramp.

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The airline operates services to Port Harcourt (PHC), Owerri, Enugu, Ilorin, and Akure.

Green Africa currently operates a fleet of three ATR 72s with an average age of 8.7 years. These aircraft are registered as 5N-GAA, 5N-GAD, and 5N-GAE and have all been leased from Irish firm ACIA Aero Leasing. All three aircraft were first delivered to Brazilian carrier Azul between 2012 and 2013.

Wole Shadare