Abuja - Ahead of its official launch on Saturday, the newly renovated Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Southeast, Nigeria has experienced its first International flight landing from Senegal.
An Aircraft marked No 5MPZE, which landed at the modernized airport direct from Senegal yesterday, became the first international aircraft to touch down at the airport after it was upgraded.
Although work on the project is still on going at the various sections of the airport, the Federal Ministry of Aviation has slated the official commencement of International flights from Enugu for Saturday with the Ethiopian airline billed to fly in and out of the coal city.
Speaking to Journalists after the four-hour flight from Senegal to Enugu, amid jubilation by residents who thronged the airport to catch a glimpse of the first international flight, a passenger on the flight,Prince Eze praised President Jonathan for living up to his promise of upgrading of the airport to boost the economy of the South East.
“Look at me, I flew from Senegal to Enugu for four hours non-stop. I don’t need to go to Lagos or Abuja to catch direct flight again to Europe or Senegal. I can now go from my house to any place of choice. It is a good thing and I thank God for the development.
“I am the first beneficiary of this beautiful airport, I am grateful to Jonathan. Jonathan has saved the life of Igbo people by reducing their suffering. Right now Igbo people who are noted for traveling overseas for businesses can do so from their zone. Jonathan has demonstrated that he is a wonderful human being and God will continue to bless him”, Eze said.
- CAJ News