The Akwa Ibom state government has launched its first airline today. The airline which was unveiled after several months of planning by the Akwa Ibom State Government will commence flight operation after staff training.
The State Commissioner for Special Duties and Aviation Development, Mr. Akan Okon who revealed this in Uyo, said the recruitment process concluded, with an Akwa Ibom son as Chief Pilot, maintained that the heavy traffic in Akwa Ibom airport made it imperative for the state government to join the few airlines operating there.
“Ibom Airline 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,” he said
Mr Okon said though the airline is exclusively owned by the Akwa Ibom State government, its management and operations would completely be professional with world best practices.
BY Unyime Eboh