African, ME carriers eye Nigeria’s travel market

As part of their strategies to increase their presence in Nigeria’s travel market, airlines from African and Middle East are planning to attend Akwaaba Travel Market, a travel expo in the country, next month.

Already, some African countries are planning to attend the event which will afford them the opportunity to showcase the tourism potential of their countries.

According to a statement from the organisers on Tuesday, some of the airlines billed to attend the travel expo are Rwanda Air, Namibia Air, Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways.

The statement quoted the Co-ordinator, Mr. Ikechi Uko, as saying, “West Africa with a population of over 270 million people has two of the fastest growing economies in the world in Ghana and Nigeria. Nigeria with over six million international passengers generates over $1.25bn from flight tickets annually. Today, almost all the leading African and Middle East airlines are increasing flights into Nigeria with the rapid rise in passenger figures.”

“Nigeria with 167 million people has only 15 million passengers annually which is less than 10 per cent of its population. So, the trend will be upward in the coming years.”

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