Delta State government handed over the Asaba International Airport on Monday to the Asaba Airport Company Limited, the concessionaire that won the concession bid.
Patrick Ukah, the Secretary to the State Government, who represented the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at the event, announced that the six-month transition period ends on Saturday.
Accord to his remarks, the state government was satisfied with the concession model, which the federal government and other states have been looking at copying.
After receiving the handover documents, the Chairman of Asaba Airport company Ltd, Mr. Adebisi Adebutu said the transition had been fantastic and seamless, adding, it is a fantastic relation.
Adebutu assured that the government will benefit, the people will benefit, adding, “we will not disappoint you”..
The SSG was accompanied by a number of advisers including Senior Policy Adviser, Professor Slyvester Monye, the man who drove to concession to fruition.
On the Asaba Airport Company Ltd team were the Executive Director Business Development/Government Relations, Okey Nelson Moore, Executive Director, Finance, Mr. Eyo, Group HR, Tayo Akinpelu, Group Project Manager, Ola Oluwa, Managing Director, Asaba Airport company, Christophe Pinnick and General Manager Operations, Linol Thorne.
The Concession agreement, which was signed in February 2021 will run for 30 years.
Prior to yesterday epoch ceremony the concessionaire has positioned making the airport to wear a new look. Car parks lights which were nonexistent had been installed and 120 staff employed and trained to put the airport in full operation.
Passengers enjoy a free wifi within the arrival and departure halls.
For the first time, the concessionaire has been able to attract a Ground Power Unit ( GPU) to the airport through SAHCOL, the handling company.
The concessionaire had paid one billion naira to the state government when the agreement was signed, and will pay an annual fee of 100 million naira while the agreement subsist.
The Asaba Airport Company Limited, the concessionaire, is a consortium that has technical partners which include Air peace as the anchor airline and MRO operator, Multifreight Cargo and logistics for cargo and logistics centre, Rainoil Ltd and Cybernetic Ltg to develop tank farm and supply Aviation fuel, Arbico construction company to build business park, hotel and convention centre and Quorum Aviation Ltd toch develop private jet and helicopter terminal of the Airport.
According to the MD, three airlines – Air Peace, United Nigeria Airline and Aero are currently operating into the Airport, adding Air Peace will increase his daily flights.
He said Ibom Air, Dana Air and Arik have indicated interest to operate into the airport.