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The historic Nigerian female Bobsled and Skeleton team have signed on new African partners! As confirmed by Travelstart and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on Wednesday, January 24 2018, the two partners have joined forces to fly the flag carrying team to South Korea to aid their quest for gold. The full team will fly from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos through Amsterdam to Incheon International Airport in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea.
Athletes, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, Akuoma Omeoga and Simidele Adeagbo will represent Nigeria at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. This is the first time in history that Nigeria has made an appearance. The Winter Olympics are set to be held from the 9th to the 25th of February 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Both companies have partnered together to show their support for the achievement of the Nigerian team as well as their deep commitment to progress in Africa. Philip Akesson, Country Manager of Travelstart Nigeria said “As Africa’s largest online travel agency, we are excited to use our resources and our partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to get the Nigerian Team to their first Winter Olympics. The team’s resilient, passion, go-getter attitude towards achieving their goals is admirable, and is a message that resonates deeply with our company values.”
“At KLM we are always looking for ways to be innovative, we care about our customers and we are also interested in supporting the countries we fly to. The Nigerian Bobsled and Skeleton team are a group of young ladies who are innovative, dynamic, ambitious, pacesetters, and resilient. These great qualities set them apart and embodies our company’s ambitions. We are pleased to unveil today a driving partnership with Travelstart to fly the flag carrying team to South Korea to support their quest for gold.” Michel Colleau, General Manager Air France KLM Nigeria & Ghana.
Travelstart is Africa’s largest online travel agency, with headquarters in Cape Town and a local office in Lagos. Founded in Sweden, Travelstart opened its doors in 1999, as the brainchild of travel visionary Stephan Ekbergh. Nearly two decades, plenty of learning, growth and one African immigration later, today Travelstart proudly employs a team of more than 200 staff with offices in Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey and other countries. Travelstart Nigeria opened in 2012 and has grown to more than 50 staff. The company provides access to more than 500 airlines flying to more than 11,000 destinations. Travelstart Nigeria is the 2017 winner of the Best Blog at the Nigerian Tourism and Travel Awards. Book affordable flights now on www.travelstart.com.ng.
Founded on October 7, 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the oldest scheduled airline in the world still operating under its original name. In 2016, the KLM Group operated worldwide flights with over 200 aircraft, generating €10 billion revenues and employing 32.000 staff from its Amsterdam basis. KLM and KLM Cityhopper are the core of the KLM Group with 30 million passengers and 635.000 tons of Cargo. KLM’s extensive hub network of European (88) and intercontinental (72) destinations provide for easy, direct connections to the economic centers and capitals around the world. In 1947, KLM started its operations into Nigeria with scheduled flights into Kano operated with a DC-4. In order to further meet the needs of its valued customers, KLM introduced scheduled flights to Lagos from Amsterdam in 1961. The route is today serviced by an A330-200.
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