Nigerian passengers who wish to travel by air from one State to another now have more choices as United Nigeria, a new domestic airline with operational hub in Enugu state, last week commenced flight operations. The airline which commenced operations with four aircraft will be operating to Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Asaba, Owerri and Port Harcourt while it plans to expand to other destinations soon. This is as Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, is seeing a 600 percent increase in passenger traffic. Speaking during the ceremony to mark the inaugural flight in Enugu, Obiora Okonkwo, chairman of United Nigeria said he observed a gap in the industry which was one of the reasons the airline chose Enugu it’s operational hub. Okonkwo said Enugu state government will give the airline the encouragement adding that the airline is driven by service to the industry and service to mankind. He said his short term plans are to consolidate and establish all it’s routes and the airline hopes to expand beyond Nigeria, starting from the West Coast. Speaking on how prepared he is for the competition, he said, “Well, we are in. I guess those who are in the business should be competing with us first. We should be the people they should be worried about because we are new. We think that within the next three months we shall be able to expand our routes. Delta to upgrade Asaba airport to Category 9 as United Airline debuts The chairman said the market is huge and there is need for a lot of aircraft. “It might surprise you to know that we have full load in all the routes we have operated this morning. Today is the first day of our service so that is good and it shows what will happen,” he disclosed. Chika Adeyanju, station manager for United Nigeria said the airline decided to use Enugu as its operational base because of the airline’s resolution to unite Nigeria and make a difference in the industry. “We noticed that most airlines have their operational base in Abuja, so we wanted to make a difference, so we decided to start from Enugu so that things will be normalised and equalised,” Adeyanju said. She said air travel will continue to grow in Nigeria because it is easier for people to move from one place to another by air, and as more airlines spring up, it denotes healthier completion and better choices for passengers.