Completion of arrangements to unveil CallyAir come first week of August has been made by the government of Cross River.
Jacob Otu Enyia, the Commissioner for Aviation said the government would officially unveil its new acquired aircrafts and also that all arrangements have been concluded to purchase additional three aircrafts to increase the fleet to 5, which is set to be unveiled by August 2021.
Enyia who disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Calabar, Cross River State said he had to travel to Lagos three weeks ago to personally list the processes of the completion of the registration of the new airline.
Enyia said that the reason they are yet to acquire airline operating licence and fulfill other legal requirements is because they are still presently operating under Aero contractors, he added that hopefully the license would be completed before the unveiling date.
“Meanwhile, we have done some test flights to nine different airports in the country but under Aero Contractors since we are yet to complete registration requirements to enable us conduct aviation businesses independently.
“We have since registered a corporate firm called CallyAir Investments Ltd which presently the state government holds 100% equity until when other investors and shareholders come in. We are aware that government is not usually a good businessman. We shall conclude all processes to make CallyAir a legal entity before we hand it over to private managers. We are set to celebrate the feat at Margaret Ekpo International Airport Calabar in three weeks, when key players in the industry will formally unveil and launch CallyAir for business.”
He said that they have since commenced the construction of the Obudu International Cargo and passengers airport where CallyAir would operate from.
He was confident that the airport would also be commissioned next year.
Furthermore, he said the first set of CallyAir workers, including ticketing officers and air hostesses were trained by Aero Contractors, adding that they would be deployed to different airports shortly. The second batch of 32 have also commenced six weeks training at Aero, he said.
According to the Aviation Commissioner, they have not borrowed one kobo from and are not owing anyone to float the airline.
“The CallyAir has been floated purely through ‘Intellectual Money’”, he said.