The Country Manager, Air Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Mr. Mustapha Fofana, has said that the airline is committed to seamless air travel in the West Africa sub region and Central Africa.
He said this at a partnership building and business strategy sensitisation workshop with leading travel agents in the country in Lagos.
Speaking at the forum, the Country Manager, Nigeria, presented an outlined containing the vision, goals and business model of the carrier with particular reference on how travel agents could partner with the carrier to grow its market share in the country.
He said that Air Cote D’ Ivoire was a regional carrier with strong focus on business travel, adding that the airline was committed to making air transport stress free for people in both West and Central Africa regions.
According to him, “We are a regional carrier with a strong focus on business travel and a commitment to make travel within West and Central Africa a seamless and stress free experience. “Air Cote D’Ivoire currently flies to 19 destinations within the region with its hub in Abidjan.”
Speaking further, Fofana noted that the Nigerian market is very important for Air Cote D’Ivoire in the light of its performance since operations began into Lagos in January this year.
“The company commenced operations three years ago and we believe this is the right time to be in the Nigerian market. Our connections allow corporate organisations and business travelers to connect major cities in West and Central Africa in the shortest possible time with four weekly flights out of Lagos to Abidjan on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and three times weekly to Kinshasa on Monday, Thursday and Saturday using an A319 except on Thursday when we operate a Dash 8-Q400.”
On safety, Fofana stated that Air France is the airline’s technical partner both as an investor and in the area of aircraft maintenance.
“We have regular safety checks on all our aircraft three times a year; notably every Friday, half yearly in Casablanca and yearly in Toulouse, France,” he said.
Also speaking, the airline’s Head of Commercial, Mrs. Aicha Ouidi Baba Moussa, who was on hand to offer solutions to agents’ concerns as well as provide answers to their questions regarding the business, said that travel agents were partners in progress.
The Head of Commercial stressed that the airline’s philosophy was that travel agents were partners of the carrier and that their activities would go a long way in helping the company to achieve its goals, hence the need to organise the forum.
Source : Independent