Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, inset, Ibom Air
The Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has disclosed that Ibom Air, the State-owned airline, will extend its flight operations to the Gambia and other West African countries in no distant time. The governor made the disclosure when the Gambian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Mohamadou Musa Njie, on Monday paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Uyo.
The governor thanked the Gambian High Commissioner and the President of Gambia for indicating interest in bilateral relations with Akwa Ibom State in the area of Commerce, industry and aviation development.
He stated, “We are actually planning a regional flight with Ibom Air, so we hope by next month we should take delivery of two brand new A220 300 series Airbuses, which will be used for regional flights. I will get this to be discussed at the Board of Directors meeting of Ibom Air, so that we can also consider flight to Banjul.” While acknowledging the tourism potentials in the Gambia, the governor urged other West African countries to also take advantage of the tourism potentials of Akwa Ibom State as well as the travel facility Ibom Air offers to the public. Earlier, Njie, commended the governor for the great achievements recorded by Ibom Air just as he expressed the willingness of his country to have Ibom Air commence flight operations to the Gambia. The High Commissioner also presented a letter conveying the invitation of President Adama Barrow of the Gambia to Emmanuel for a visit to strengthen industrial and trade relations between the state and the Gambia.