After 12 hours of flying across the Atlantic. Antigua Airways has touched down at the VC Bird International Airport.
The flight; a chartered flight arrived at around 10:35, coinciding with the country’s 41st Anniversary of Independence.
It received a water cannon salute
The new airline has been touted by the government as a major investment coup for Antigua and Barbuda, with the direct link to West Africa having the potential for significant economic benefit.
There’s been a lot of criticism surrounding the agreement and skepticism about whether the deal between the two countries will ever materialize.
There are also long-term plans for the route from Lagos to Antigua to be followed by a route from Antigua to Canada before the carrier heads back to Nigeria.
The firm is hoping to collaborate with LIAT, flying passengers north and south of Antigua who has come from West Africa on Antigua Airways.
Antigua Airways plans to operate a Boeing 767-300ER in a 16-business and 251- economy seating configuration