By Nnenna Ubabuko
No fewer than 70 passengers made the first official flight out of the newly delivered Anambra State Airport on Dec. 7, when full commercial flight operation gets off to a start.
The first flight landed at the airport located at Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA), from Lagos at about 2:45 pm with 38 passengers and crew.
An Air Peace flight with registration Number 5N – BVD, from Lagos left with 35 passengers from Anambra to Abuja.
The flight took off to Abuja at about 3:30 pm, marking its historic first on a facility delivered by Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra.
The commencement of the operations at the Airport was in line with the approval issued on Dec. 2, by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
One of the passengers from Lagos, an Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, and Metropolitan of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Arch. Bishop Valerian Okeke, commended Government for the initiative for bankrolling construction of the airport.
Bishop Okeke explained, “the journey was smooth in spite of minor turbulence that the pilot maneuvered professionally”.
“This will ease the stress of traveling through Asaba or Enugu. If you land in Anambra Airport, within 20 minutes, you are at home and so it is a welcome development,’’ he said.