Kaduna government seals air shuttle deal

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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The Kaduna state government has signed a memorandum of  understanding with The Quorum Aviation Ltd (QAL), an indigenous aviation and logistics company to provide air shuttle services between Kaduna and Abuja under the marketing name BOKU AIR.

The Managing Director, QAL, Lukman Lawal, who led a delegation to the Goverment House in Kaduna, said, QAL will be allocating two world class 50 seater business jet aircrafts to provide a minimum of 5 daily shuttle passenger services at an affordable price specifically between Abuja, Kaduna and Lagos.

Lawal said, the planned scheduled and affordable air shuttle service will be a great complement to the train service currently running between Kaduna and Abuja.

According to him, “the security concerns the State is currently facing with road transportation, especially between the Kaduna-Abuja road, has so far negatively impacted the free movement of people, commerce, business, tourism and the overall socio-economic development of the State.”

He explained that, the reason for making Kaduna the base station for their operations and to also further establish Kaduna as a regional aviation service hub is to create jobs and attract additional investments into the aviation sector of the State.

He further stated that, Kaduna government is leasing the State International Airport’s State lounge to QAL for a period of ten years which will be upgraded and renovated to meet World standards for airport terminals at its own expense.

“To enable QAL renovate and fix the terminal to meet regulatory requirements before commencement of the shuttle services, the lease shall take effect 3 months after its execution.”

Also speaking, Governor El-Rufai said he was pleased with the confidence the company has in Kadauna State to commence It’s shuttling services between Kaduna and Abuja.

He explained that the shuttling services will justify the amount of traffic on the Kaduna-Abuja rail.

“I am very confident that it will be viable, hence, am calling on all the people in Kaduna State, particularly business men and women that are interested in transacting businesses in Abuja to take advantage of this service which began from road transport, to rail and now air transport.”

“We thank QAL for exploring this opportunity and taking up this challenge. We are handing over our terminal building which we constructed and equipped at our own cost.”

The Governor assured that, the State government will do whatever it can to support QAL and make it a success.