In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of its commercial operations in Nigeria, United Arab Emirate’s airline, Emirates Airline, recently hosted a night of recognition and awards for its esteemed (travels and tours) agents and loyal customers for their unflinching commitments towards the development of its business investment in the country.
Held at the glamorous banquet hall of the posh Intercontinental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, the awardees were primarily honoured subject to the volume of trade transactions they facilitated with the company.
The awards, which were in three different categories, with the highest being Platinum, followed by Gold and Silver, were also accompanied with salivating financial rewards.
Goodnews Travel and Tours Limited carted away the most prestigious award on offer at the event—the Platinum Award, followed by God’s Power Travels Agent, which won Gold and Touchdown Travels with Silver category of the award.
Speaking at the event, the Emirates’ Regional Manager for West Africa, Mr Manog Nair, said the tremendous growth witnessed by his company in the last one decade was the manifestation of the robustness of Nigeria’s economic prosperity.
Nair added that shortly after his company was issued license of operation in 2004 by the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and its subsequent commencement of flight operation with just four planes, through dint of hardworking and resilience, his company can now boast of 14 modern and highly competitive planes altogether, with multi-million dollars investments.
He said thereafter, his airline had modified its operations to encompass more direct flights from Lagos to Dubai, with plans to launch same from Lagos to Chicago, Abuja to New York and local flights arrangement from Lagos to Abuja and Lagos to Kano and vice-versa.
“I want to thank our business partners for their commitments over the years. Nigeria, now the largest economy in Africa, is a very important market for us and we are proud to be associated with the country,” he added
In his speech, the Supervising Minister of Aviation, Dr Samuel Ortom, represented by the Managing Director of National Aviation Management Authority (NAMA), Mr Ibrahim Abdulsalam, said the growth of Nigeria’s economy is dependent on a strong and vibrant aviation sector.
“And in order to achieve this objective, the Federal Government, in its unflinching commitment, has embarked upon several projects to improve safety and security of passengers,” he added.