The Bayelsa State Government, over the weekend, opened an alliance discussion with the Akwa Ibom Government on the use of Ibom Air for commercial flight operations at the Bayelsa State International Airport.
Deputy governor of Bayelsa state Lawerence Ewhrudjakpo stated that the alliance was informed by proximity and a good bilateral relation between the two sister states.
Ewhrudjakpo in a statement by his senior special assistant on media, Doubara Atasi on Sunday explained that Akwa Ibom has proven itself to be a dependable friend to Bayelsa in so many ways over the years, which he says must be reciprocated in the spirit of give and take.
He expressed a positive outlook on the alliance and said the deal would be sealed for the airline to commence flights with routes to and from Bayelsa, Lagos and Abuja.
The deputy governor assured the people of Bayelsa and the general public of the present administration’s commitment to ensure a smooth operation of the state airport, which is deemed to be one of the best by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Ewhrudjakpo said the state government intends to apply th business principle of “starting small to grow big” by going for a 50-seater aircraft in its deal with Ibom Air to promote the socioeconomic activities in the state.
He also added that the government has plans to do business with other airlines in the near future. He stated in his visit to Akwa Ibom ‘’basically, we are here to discuss how we can have mutually beneficial partnership with your airline, Ibom Air. Our target is on any of your aircraft that has the capacity of about 50-seaters because we don’t want to start too big.’’
“We believe that if we don’t start anything now, we will have the issue of: ‘Why did you rush to get the commercial license? So, we want to see how we can conclude with Ibom Air and start operations. We have decided to choose Ibom Air because those who stay near each other have the tendency of exchanging pleasantries and other good things.’’