Ethiopian Airlines said that it is ready to resume operations into Enugu’s Akanu Ibiam International Airport as soon as the federal government authorizes international flights into the airport.
The assurance was given by Senait Ataklet, the airline’s general manager, who led the airlines’ team on a courtesy visit to Hon. Nnolim Nnaji, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, in Abuja.
Ataklet also stated that the airline was planning to introduce a cargo service to the airport to increase its South-Eastern passengers.
Having said that, she highlighted the Enugu route as one the airline would not want to undermine, stating that Ethiopian Airlines would want to be the first international flight to use Akanu Ibiam when it is reopened for international flights.
Furthermore, the Manager who solicited support from the committee revealed that Ethiopian Airlines was willing to assist the federal government in setting up a national airline, stating that the airline has attained extensive capabilities in airline management and aircraft repair and will be ready at the disposal of the proposed new national carrier.
Although Nnaji expressed his gratitude for the visitors, he stressed that the legislature was responsible for enacting appropriate legislation and overseeing the industry for the benefit of the flying public and the airlines.
He assured his team that his committee was determined to make flight operations as safe as possible through its oversight responsibility.
Sen. Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, has hinted that Kano, Enugu, and Port Harcourt international airports would soon resume flight service to international airlines. The airlines have already expressed their readiness to start operation. We are just waiting for the go-ahead from the government.
Nigeria is expected to give a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to mark the resumption of operations from these airports.