There is excitement in Bayelsa State where commercial flight activities are expected to resume next month at the international airport initiated by the immediate past government of Senator Seriake Dickson.
TNN observed that apart from the interface with the corporate organisations, the state government was also working towards getting facilities at the airport ready for a seamless take-off of flight operations.
Already, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the state and the United Nigeria Airlines. Corporate organisations like the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, are also ready to support the government in ensuring the success of the airport.
At the MoU signing event, the governor had said the new airport would open the state to the world and open doors of opportunities.
To enable the airport commence night operations, the governor directed the Commissioner for Works to put modalities in place to install the runway lights, which he said had already been procured.
Diri commended Dickson for the initiative to embark on the construction and completion of the airport. He said: “I like to thank God for today. We have been looking forward to this day that the Bayelsa State International Airport would come on stream for commercial flights like every other airport in Nigeria.
“Today marks the end of our search for a partner that would move this state to its desired place in the aviation sector. I want to announce to you that the state government has been searching for partners in terms of the MoU we have just signed. One of such partners that has agreed to join hands with the state government is the NCDMB.”
In April this year, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) gave approval to the state government for the airport to commence commercial flight operations