The Anambra state government revealed that it is currently seeking approval from the federal government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to open its cargo airport for operations from the 21st of October 2021.
This was disclosed by Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state at a news conference on Sunday, after a tour of the airport and the International Conference Centre in Umueri and Awka.
The Governor also revealed that the airport was completed in 15 months and was optimistic of regulatory approval to commence operations.
What Governor Obiano said
Governor Obiano said that the Anambra cargo airport had the longest runway in Africa, with the best fire fighting equipment and tallest control tower in Nigeria.
“The projects would put Anambra on the pedestal of economic prosperity,” he said.
What you should know
Recall that Nairametrics reported in May that Governor Willie Obiano, inaugurated the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport in Umueri community, Anambra East local government area of the state as the first set of flights landed at the airport.
The first 2 aircraft that landed on the facility were owned by Air Peace Airlines, which had its Chairman/Chief Executive, Allen Onyema, as the first passenger, while the third aircraft that landed at the new airport is a private jet owned by the Chairman of Nestoil, Ernest Obiejesi.
“We began the airport to expand the frontiers of excellence in Anambra State seven years ago. We announced that our mission was to make Anambra State the first choice in investment destination and a hub for economic and commercial activities.
“And we also said that our mission was to create a socialist table where indigenes and non-indigenes alike will have opportunities for wealth creation. This airport is the fulfilment of our vision and mission statement,” the governor said.
He noted that it is difficult to create a new economic corridor without a functional international airport that will serve as a direct bridge between the state and the world.