The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Special Duties and Aviation Development, Mr. Akan Okon, has disclosed that the State-owned airline, Ibom air will kick start operations this month.
The Commissioner who made the disclosure on Saturday, May 4, when he took members of Foreign Services Academy on an inspection tour of the Obong Victor Attah International Airport said the state government had met all requirements for the newly acquired airplanes to start operations.
“The State Government has put all the necessary finishing touches for the airlines to start operations. We are only waiting for the regulatory body to finish its own part of the process and we are good to go”, he said.
Mr. Okon also seized the opportunity to call on the Federal Government to support the growth and further development of the airport since it is a national asset that contributes to the growth of the Nation.
He however reiterated that the airport is solely built and managed by the State Government.
While showing members of the Academy round the second runway currently under construction, the Special Duties and Aviation Commissioner explained that the second taxi way was necessary to provide an alternative take off point in case of maintenance.
This he said, would forestall the past incidence in Abuja where the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport was shut down during maintenance operations. He therefore commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for thinking it wise to undertake the second runway project.