The Akwa Ibom State first commercial airline, Ibom Air, made its inaugural flight on Friday, June 7.
Platinum.ng gathered that the first flight for the day scheduled for 11:45am, was routed to Lagos, while the second, scheduled for 12:noon, was destined for Abuja.
“The tickets were sold at the Victor Attah International Airport for N15,000, while the portals were also open for online bookings”, source said.
Earlier, the Chief Press Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Ekerette Udoh, had announced on Thursday, June 6, that the Airline would commence operations the following day.
Ekerette had informed that the state government had fulfilled all regulatory conditions and requirements necessary for the airline’s onward commencement of commercial operations, and will maintain regular daily flights to both Lagos (MMA2) and Abuja respectively.
“The aircrafts in its fleet (Bombardier CRJ 900) have the distinction of being relatively new, all three, under 10 years old”, he said.
“With this development, Governor Emmanuel’s avowed determination to open the three gateways to industrialization-land, sea and air appears to be on course”, Ekerette noted.
Meanwhile, Ibom Air is the first commercial airline to be owned and operated by a state government in Nigeria and Africa. It represents one of the signature projects of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s First Term and was launched in February, 2019 with three aircrafts by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.