The launch of IBOMAIR is really an amazing and refreshing achievement to see. After months of planning to own state carrier, the Akwa Ibom state government finally launches a government-owned airline. Earlier this year, the state government acquired 3 aircrafts for this purpose.
Today, the government launched the airline at Victor Attah Airport.
— ENGR. SARATHY (@EngrSarathy) February 19, 2019
Three new aircrafts have been acquired to kickstart the airline. The Canadair Regional Jet aircrafts have moved from the Avmax hanger at YYC Calgary International Airport
2000 Airport Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6W5, Canada and will land Uyo today #IbomAir pic.twitter.com/7g4PrwHiax
— ANIEKEME FINBARR (@aniekemefinbarr) February 20, 2019
— Endurance Johnson (@EnduranceJohns9) February 20, 2019
Although Ibom Air is exclusively owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government, its management and operations would completely align professionally with world best practices. #IbomAir pic.twitter.com/gwphcJok6c
— Nextreporter News (@NextreporterN) February 20, 2019
Akwa Ibom State Coommissioner for Special Duties and Aviation Development, Akan Okon stated that the government decided to join other airline operating in the state due to the constant traffic the state airport generates.
“Ibom Air has come to stay. I am happy to tell you that we have completed recruitment with good number of Akwa Ibom children. The Chief Pilot is from Akwa Ibom. Three aircraft are secured and are ready for commencement of operation. It is completely owned and operated by Akwa Ibom State Government and it will provide 400 direct and indirect jobs”
Meanwhile, people have been throwing shades at the Federal Government for their failure to implement the country’s national carrier.
— Geween_Official (@godwinplanna) February 20, 2019
— Aniebiet Antia (@AniebietAntia2) February 20, 2019
— OBIdiently ATIKUlated Nigerian Youth (@Connect_40) February 20, 2019
— iammrkelvin (@Arch_kelvin) February 20, 2019
— Mr Blake (@thesurexblake) February 20, 2019
Akwa Ibow has set a good example and we hope other states and even the country as a whole can follow lead.