By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Ibom Air has acquired additional two new aircraft to increase the number to five Aircrafts owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government to boost aviation business.
The Chairman of Ibom Air, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd), who spoke this to newsmen in Uyo, Tuesday, said that the additional aircrafts would be unveiled this January.
Nkanga disclosed that the state government is projecting to increase the number of aircraft in its ownership to 10 before 2023
According to him, Ibom Air has within the past eight months of the commencement of operation made 3,000 flights while routes have also been increased.
“Towards the end of last year, possibly by October, we expecting to add about two more aircraft to the existing three, we did that because it was towards Yuletide and we expected more people to travel. But there was a little delay.
“Additional two aircraft are arriving this January, within these eight months we will have five aircraft.
“We have operated about 3,000 flights. We have increased our routes, because when we first started, it was Uyo to Lagos and Uyo to Abuja, we have since added Abuja to Lagos and Lagos to Abuja.
“We have done enough to make on time departure and we have made about 97 percent on time departure”, he stated.
The Ibom Air chairman maintained that the state has invested a lot in the aviation business as an alternative to boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)
He hinted that before 2023 the state would float 10 aircraft, adding that the coming of Ibom Air has brought a substantial economic improvement.
“Before the end of this administration we should be able to acquire 10 aircraft that is the target, before 2022 we should expand the domestic, regional and international routes”, he added.