Having made it a point to raise the quality of Ibadan Airport, the Oyo State government has enabled the commencement of flights by Air Peace Airlines from the airport.
Officials close to the airport confirmed on Wednesday that the airline decided to fly the Ibadan route following “encouragements” from the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde.
According to reports, the airline has already begun selling tickets in all of its outlets.
A confirmation notice issued by the airline to Ibadan Airport authorities states that it will begin flights from Abuja to Ibadan on August 16, 2021.
“Air Peace Airlines will begin operations in Ibadan on August 16th. “It will run from Abuja to Ibadan and back,” the notice said.”
Sources near the government in Ibadan also confirmed that the airline planned to commence operations from Ibadan.
A government source aware of the development said in Ibadan on Wednesday: “Yes, Air Peace will begin flights from mid-August 2021 to Ibadan.”.
“This is a good testimony to the good works of Governor Seyi Makinde in getting the airport up to international standards.”
“If all the Regional Airports established at the same time as the Ibadan Airport are already doing well, then why won’t Ibadan take advantage of its proximity to Lagos and get in on the action.”.
“The governor is doing everything to ensure that happens, which is why Air Peace has finalized plans to fly the Ibadan route.”
Apart from the purchase of a sophisticated fire truck and other equipment that enabled the Airport to be classified as Category Six, the Oyo State government has also awarded the contract to install a 500,000-litre aviation fuel facility at the Airport at the cost of N1.2billion.
“This is in addition to the repair work on the runway and on the terminal building.”
“I can tell you that Oyo State government is working tirelessly to ensure that Ibadan Airport not only gains the international status it has long sought but becomes an immediate competitor to Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed Airport in case of congestion and even weather problems.”
“It does not augur well for Nigeria that anytime international flights cannot land in Lagos, they go to Accra, Ghana, meanwhile people can easily access Ibadan Airport to serve that purpose, and with the Lagos/Ibadan train fully operational and the reconstruction of Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, passenger’s won’t find it difficult to get to their destinations from Ibadan.”