Delta - The Delta State Government has expressed excitement as more local airlines began flight operations to the state's second airport located at Asaba.
Overland Airways is expected to begin operations to the airport later on Monday with scheduled flights to Lagos and Abuja.
Speaking on the development, Delta State Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah, said the dream of State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, of building a hub in Asaba was on track and coming to fruition.
“While it is still early days in terms of the number of airlines and the destinations being serviced, more routes will be opened as more airlines join the Asaba operations," said Ogeah.
He said that equipment installed at the airport recently underwent rigorous screening and evaluation from all the relevant safety agencies, including the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), National Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other agencies.
Ogeah hinted that equipment for night flights would be acquired ahead of the commencement of operations at the cargo section of the airport.
According to him, direct flights to Europe and other parts of the world for the export of goods was expected to begin from Asaba in the near future.
The airport has handled a total of 6 331 flights and 192 651 passengers since its commissioning in 2011.
- CAJ News
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