The Bayelsa International Cargo Airport would commence operations August this year so as to develop and boost the economic activities of State.
Managing director of the Bayelsa Airlines Limited, Capt Henry Ungbuku, who made this known at the Airport Business Summit and Expo in Abuja said, the project was at its final stage of completion and would be commissioned by the end of August this year.
Ungbuku said the airport was being constructed to guarantee security for the people of the state especially for oil workers adding that construction has been going on continuously, day and night so as to meet the date.
According to him, airports are not built for passengers’ facilitation alone but also for the movement of cargo in order to attract business. Ungbuku said the Bayelsa Airlines was created by the government of the state in order to make get it right in the state.
While condemning the collapse of some state airports across the country as a result lack of continuity, the managing director explained that the mission of the state government was to ensure continuity after the exit of the present administration from office.
He said the government considered long time investment with the acquisition of 2,250 hectares of land from the onset of the project. Ungbuku disclosed that the airport would accommodate B747 aircraft when completed adding that it was being fitted with category II land facilities to ensure that there was no flight disruption during bad weather.
According to him, the potentials of the airport was enormous not only for job creation but for the provision of critical facilities such as hangar.
He explained that the state having a hangar would bring succor to airlines in the country to carry out their C-checks and save millions of naira and urged investors to come to the state as enabling environment would be provided for their business to thrive.
Ungbuku revealed that 40 per cent of air travellers using the Port Harcourt airport were from Bayelsa State maintaining that the state has the customer base in terms of passengers.
While thanking the state government for the opportunity availed him to serve, Ungbuku expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would be present to commission the airport by August 27.
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