Ibom Air To Launch Flights To Seven African Countries In April
Fred Omotara, Lagos
Nigeria’s leading State airline, Ibom Air is set to launch regional flights to seven African countries in April.
This was disclosed by the airline’s Manager, Marketing and Communication, Anie Essienette, while briefing reporters in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State, at the weekend.
Under the expansion drive, Ibom Air will launch commercial flights to regional destinations in Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia, Gambia, Senegal, Gabon, and Côte d’Ivoire.
“Already, we have an invite to fly in Gambia, but we will commence regional operations in the next two months.
“Ibom Air started with three aircraft, but in the course of our operations, additional two aircraft were acquired. When the demand for our services was higher, we requested for 10 more aircraft.
“Seven aircraft have been booked for international operations. As we speak, some experts have gone to inspect them to ensure that the aircraft are built to our specifications. Before the end of 2023, our own aircraft will be delivered, but the Airbuses will be supplied in tranches,” Mrs Essienette stated.
The expansion, which comes a little over a year after the airline signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of 10 A220 aircrafts to boost its fleet, will see the airline flying to the Central and West African countries.
Wholly owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government, Ibom Air launched commercial operations on 7th June 2019. It currently operates a fleet of seven aircraft to seven domestic destinations.
The airline carried it’s 2 million passengers on the 16th of December 2022, since it began flight operations. The airline recorded the milestone on its Uyo to Lagos route