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Ibom Air takes off, amidst jubilation in Akwa Ibom

botchway June 11, 2019

Ibom Air, a commercial airline owned by the Akwa Ibom government, launched its maiden flight.

A handful of enthusiastic indigenes of the state, led by the deputy governor, Moses Ekpo, gathered at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo for a brief ceremony to herald the “historic” flight.

The people stood by to watch, clap, and shout happily as the flight, a Bombardier CRJ 900 series with registration number 5N-BWM, took off and hit the blue Uyo sky for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

Thirty minutes after, a second flight took off for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The airline has three aircraft, and doing only two routes – Uyo-Lagos and Uyo-Abuja – for now.

“Today’s occasion is a watershed moment for us as a people,” the Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, said at the airport ceremony before the inaugural flight.

“Never in the history of this nation or indeed anywhere else in Africa that I can recall, has a state government gone into airline operations.

“Akwa Ibom state is, therefore, the first to achieve this, and we should all collectively give ourselves a pat on the back.”

Credit: premiumtimesng.com


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