The Commissioner for Special Duties and Aviation Development in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Akan Okon has disclosed that the State owned airline, Ibom air will kick start operations this month.
He made the disclosure Saturday 4th May,when he took members of Foreign Services Academy on an inspection tour of the Obong Victor Attah International Airport. He said the state government has met all requirements for the newly acquired aircrafts 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
Okon 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 will contribute to the growth of the Nation. He maintained that the airport is hundred percent built and managed by the Akwa Ibom 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 necessitated to provide an alternative take off point in cases of maintenance.
This he said would forestall the 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.