Ibom Airline said on Tuesday that it uplifted 300,000 passengers since its inception last year. Ibom Air
The airline also added that it contributed more than N1billion directly and indirectly to the economy of Akwa Ibom State within the period.
The Group Manager, Marketing and Communications of the airline, Mrs Aniekan Essienette, spoke during an interaction with newsmen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“We want to be to Akwa Ibom State, what Emirates Airlines is to Dubai. We also want to be what Ethiopian Airlines is to Ethiopia. I believe we can achieve this with your continued support and those of the good people of Akwa Ibom State.
“In line with this aspiration, just in 2019 alone (our first year of operation), Ibom Air’s direct and indirect impact on Akwa Ibom’s livelihood and businesses amounted to over N1bn.
“This is in addition to the employment of indigenes of Akwa Ibom. They are not just in low and entry level to senior positions, but in the very highly skilled aviation professions of piloting, cabin crew and aircraft maintenance engineering.
“As a matter of fact, 17 young indigenous trainee maintenance engineers have qualified. Or they are on the verge of being qualified as Bombardier CRJ 900 Aircraft Engineers,” She said.
Essienette disclosed that the airline would continue to play its role as a key vehicle for the economic development and growth of Akwa Ibom state.
According to him, the 300,000 passengers included the COVID-19 lockdown period. This was when there were no flights for more than four months.
Ibom Air is an airline owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government. The airline commenced operations on June 7 2019 when a Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft marked Ibom Air took off from Akwa Ibom International Airport, Uyo.