Budding airline, United Nigeria, has indicated that full commercial flight operations will commence from August 19, 2021 at the Bayelsa International Airport.
Our correspondent who checked the website of the airline confirmed the development, as all the booking data for prospective passengers has been updated in readiness for the day.
According to the schedule, the airline will operate daily flights from Lagos to Yenagoa by 7am and Yenagoa to Lagos by 11.45am while Yenagoa to Abuja is by 8.45am and the return trip from Abuja to Yenagoa is by 10.15am.
It was also observed that the economy seats for Abuja to Yenagoa has been sold out at about 6pm on Saturday, August 14, while the same economy seats from Lagos to Yenagoa has few seats left.
The fare for each leg of the trip which is about 40 minutes is between N23,000 and N26,000, considered to be one of the cheapest in the aviation sector.
A source at the airline said after few weeks of full operations, it will increase the number of daily flights depending on the volume of passengers.
United Nigeria Airline last Wednesday, August 11, had its first commercial flight to the Bayelsa International Airport which threw the state into wild jubilation.
The commercial aircraft operated took off from the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 (MMA2) in Lagos at exactly 3pm and touched down about 3.45pm.
The aircraft, had on board the state governor, Senator Douye Diri, the airline’s chairman, Chief Obiora Okonkwo, Tokyo Olympics Silver medallist in wrestling, Bayelsa-born Blessing Oborududu, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Ambassador Boladei Igali, members of the Bayelsa National Assembly caucus as well as the state House of Assembly members and commissioners, among other dignitaries.
The Bayelsa International Airport is a screaming legacy of Senator Henry Seriake Dickson, who built it from scratch to finish during his eight years tenure as the state’s helmsman.
The airport became a subject of controversies following the initial delay in granting a valid operational license by the relevant aviation authorities until recently.