Ethiopia Airlines begins international flights from Enugu airport
News Monday, August 19, 2013
The Federal Government, weekend, confirmed that Ethiopian Airlines would commence direct flights to and from
This would be the first international flights to be operated into the South East geo-political zone of the country, barely two years after the airport in
was accorded international status. Enugu
Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, who disclosed this in
said she had already written President Goodluck Jonathan informing him of the
airlines' inaugural flight. Abuja
She said the airport's designation as an international airport was part of the aviation master plan of the present administration to give every zone in the country the opportunity to grow its full potentials in economic and social development.
With the foray of Ethiopian Airlines into Enugu, businessmen and other travellers from all the states of the South East as well as Edo and Delta now have the option of making their international travels through Enugu, rather than erstwhile reliance of far-aay Lagos and Abuja.
General Manager, Corporate Communication, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Yakubu Dati, said President Jonathan's administration had fulfilled his promise of giving every part of the country equal opportunity to develop and realise its dreams.
According to him, the
Akanu Ibiam International Airport,
designed and built by the former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme when he was
only 26, while his vision of many years is now being fulfilled. Enugu
He said: "This Minister of Aviation has shown her determination to actualise the goals of the aviation master plan which the Jonathan administration has pegged its transformation agenda which objectives include giving every part of the country and every citizen the opportunity to grow to his full potential.
"With the international flight operations at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, a novel opportunity has been given to the people of the South East zone to expand their business horizon without stress and the inconveniences of having to travel far to catch international flights."