As reported back in August, Medview Airline will commence flight operation to London’s second-largest international airport and the second-busiest (by total passenger traffic) in the United Kingdom (after Heathrow) on November 20, 2015.
The announcement was made by the airline’s Managing Director/ CEO, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday, 3rd November. “We have been working round the clock to secure all the necessary approvals needed to commence flight operations between Nigeria and UK,” Bankole said.
“I am happy to tell Nigerians that the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Foreign Affairs Ministries of the two countries have given Medview Airline all approvals required to operate direct flights between the two countries with our inaugural flight scheduled for November (Friday) 20, 2015 with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft christened Abeke, which has a configuration of 30C/19Y seats,” he added.
Bankole said the airline’s entry into the Lagos – London route was one taken with a major aim of bringing down the cost of airfares for Nigerian passengers.
“The London – Lagos route has remained one of the busiest in the world, yet it remained the most expensive for Nigerians,” Bankole said.
“It is against this background that Medview Airline is entering the route as a Nigerian flag carrier to supply the missing link in reasonable fares and good customer service as our introductory fare for economy class is as low as N149,000,” he added.
Bankole said the airline was allocated slots to operate at the Gatwick Southern Terminal and would be operating four weekly flights (Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) out of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport to Gatwick Airport.
He said the choice of Gatwick over Heathrow was taken given its low operational cost and the proximity to so many Nigerian passengers who would prefer to connect London to Lagos from Spain and other coastal European countries.