Akwa Ibom State-owned carrier, Ibom Air, is set to begin flight operations after securing its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
Adurogboye said that the airline formally obtained the AOC from the NCAA on June 6.
NAN reports that an AOC is the approval granted by a national aviation authority (NAA) to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes.
This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and system in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public.
A reliable source within the airline told NAN on the condition of anonymity that the Ibom Air would start operations within the next few days , adding that the state government was ecstatic about the development.
“We are starting with flights on Uyo – Lagos and Uyo-Abuja routes and everybody is delighted, ” the source said.
NAN reports that the airline has three Bombardier CRJ-900LR (CL-600.2D24) aircraft with registration numbers C-FWKZ, C-FWNL and C-FWNK.
The first of the aircraft landed at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo on Feb. 20.
It was received by Gov. Udom Emmanuel and other eminent personalities in the state. (NAN)