JetWest airline makes debut in December

A new airline, JetWest, is set to takeoff in December flying on local routes in the country. Founder of the airline, Dikko Nwachukwu, said the new airline is aimed at making air travel accessible for more people. And if all goes according to plan, JetWest will launch this year with 100 employees and a fleet of three AC-20 jets.

Nwackukwu, a serial entrepreneur with a background in aviation, sees opportunity in the vast market unserved by existing eight airlines. Just 15.2 million passengers passed through Nigerian airports in 2016, according to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority"™s (NCAA) statistics, being about eight per cent of the population.

Nwachukwu said: "We want to do for travel what cell phones did for telecoms. Fifteen years ago, there were less than one million phone lines in Nigeria and now there are 100 million. We could have 100 million (air) travelers, and I know JetWest will be in the middle of the revolution," he said…

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