Akwa Ibom State Government on Wednesday launched its commercial airline, the Ibom Air with two aircraft.
The airline was unveiled by Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Victor Attah International Airport in Uyo, the state capital.
Speaking at the launching Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, said the aircraft, C-FWNK, are only six years old with a sitting capacity of about 90 persons and are the newest and modern fleet of the Canadian airbus.
He stated that Akwa Ibom is the only state in the country to run a state-owned airport and run an airline, adding that the government is running Ibom Air as a business.
He added that one aircraft will arrive on Friday in addition to the already unveiled aircraft.
“The launching of Ibom Air is a monumental achievement in Akwa Ibom state and indeed Africa. The journey to achieve Ibom airline started in 2016 and today, it is a reality.
“This is the only state across the country that runs and operates an international airport. We are the only state that runs a Category Two run way.
“I want to reassure the former governor, Obong Victor Attah that very soon, the MRO will be a place that will maintain fleets of aircrafts across the country.
“We are running Ibom Air as a business, paying particular attention to Akwa Ibom people,” he said.
In his words, Saraki said: “Today, we celebrate leadership; we celebrate the good things that can come out of Nigeria; we celebrate the audacity of hope. The governor has created an environment for people to have jobs. We are proud of you in the PDP family that you are one of us”.
And according to former governor of the state and initiator of the airport project, Obong Victor Attah: “I thank God that we have Governor Udom Emmanuel who has deemed it necessary to carry on the project we started years ago.”