Rivers Govt says Ibom Air’s arrival will boost state’s economic hub status
RIVERS State government has commended the entry of Ibom Air into the state, saying the move will significantly boost business activities and the state’s economy.
Nyeesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, disclosed this while commending aircraft, an Airbus A220-300 deployed by the airline.
The governor was represented by Barrister Some Ginah, the commissioner of transportation, who said the aircraft suited the garden state well because flights to and from that state are usually overbooked.
In the early morning hours at 11:10 am, Ibom Air made its way to the Port Harcourt Airport Omaha to be greeted by the fire service’s water cannon salute.
The launch of Ibom Air will actually boost commercial activities in Rivers State since it will boost the business economy. Most of the time, other airlines are not available at the airport, but Ibom Air is coming to Rivers, so you know you have an alternative.
“They are starting with one flight daily, but I’m sure by the time they have regular flights, they will increase. I want to assure Ibom Air that Port Harcourt is a business hub and has enough passengers to do business in Port Harcourt. It’s a welcome development. It will boost the state’s economy because more people will come to Rivers, and it’ll make transportation easier.”
According to Mr. George Uriesi, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ibom Air, the deployment of A220-300s in Port Harcourt is apt because the state has the capacity.
He reported that the inaugural flight to Port Harcourt was 90% full and the return flight.
“Port Harcourt has the capacity, first flight was 90% capacity, and the return flight is the same. We expected Port Harcourt to have the kind of load factor to justify the use of this aircraft type and we need it to expand the capacity in Port Harcourt.”
Mr. Uriesi said that the airline was considering one of its two destinations being a Northern city but said it would be based on the numbers.
Currently, there are four or five targets, but numbers always determine the destination, so one would probably be in the north,” he stated.