Overland Aeroplanes, on Thursday, landed one of its aircraft at the Asaba Airport, thus becoming the first aviation company to make a trip to the new airport.
The four-member crew aircraft marked 5N-BND, landed at exactly 2. p.m. to the admiration of Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Uduaghan was accompanied by his deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama and some cabinet members.
He said that the successful landing of the maiden flight to the airport was a “dream-come-through.”
Looking upwards as if in prayer, he said : “I give all the glory and adoration to God.”
The governor remarked that the flight signified that aviation operations would soon commence at the airport.
He said three years ago the airport site was still a big bush and that he was happy that it ‘’has been transformed’’
“With the airport now ready for activities, we look forward to its multiplier effect on the economy of our people,”he said.
In his speech, Overland Managing Director, Capt. Edward Boyo, commended the state government for the airport project, saying that it would certainly boost the economy and profile of the state.
He said that the flight was essentially to test the facilities at the airport “hence it had to be the crew alone on the aircraft and so far, so good’’.