Ahead of federal government’s March 8, 2017 closure of the Abuja Airport for rehabilitation of its runway, Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, has announced that it will continue to offer its Lagos-Abuja fixed-wing charter service, albeit via Minna Airport.
The airline said in a statement issued on Wednesday that from 8 March 2017, it will operate a daily flight from Lagos to Minna Airport, utilizing an Embraer 135 aircraft with 37 seating capacity.
At Minna, the company will take its customers to Abuja via an helicopter shuttle service.
“After several safety and operational reviews, we are pleased with the state of the runway and conditions of the Minna Airport located in Niger State, North Central Nigeria. We will use Minna to continue the provision of seamless charter air travel to Abuja for corporate and business organizations. We want to assure our clients of a continuous impeccable flight service for which the Bristow brand is synonymous,” Bristow Head of Business Development Mayowa Babatunde stated,
Babatunde said Bristow will provide helicopter shuttle services from Minna to the VIP wing of the Abuja International Airport. Two Bristow helicopters, a Sikorsky S-92 and S-76, with the capacity to fly 19 and 12 passengers respectively, will provide shuttle services between Minna Airport and Abuja International Airport.
Bristow introduced fixed-wing charter services to cater for the business traveller across Nigeria in November 2015. Starting with the Lagos – Port Harcourt route and recently expanding the service to include the Lagos – Abuja route.