Aero Contractors will commence flight operations at Asaba airport today. Abuja and Lagos will be the initial routes. This development brings the number of airlines operating flights from Asaba to three as Arik and Overland have been on board since the airport began operations in July, 2011.
The flight schedule issued by Aero contractors shows that operation into Asaba begins from Abuja at 10:10am and they would also be a flight from Asaba to Lagos at 11:45am.
The Lagos return flight departs for Asaba at 2:45pm just as the Abuja flight departs at 4:20pm.
Commercial flight operations commenced at the Asaba airport on 13th of July, 2011. By the end of October 2013, 6331 flights and 192,651 passengers had been catered for by the airport
Even before commercial flight operations began on July 13, 2011, the Asaba Airport had catered for 18 flights and 63 passengers.
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah, spoke about the advent of Aero contractors at the Asaba airport and he had this to say:
“It is still early days in terms of the number of airlines and the destinations being services. More routes will be opened as more airlines join the Asaba operations. More importantly, this development underscores the state of navigational facilities at the airport as being world class. The equipment installed at the airport underwent rigorous screening and evaluation from all the relevant safety agencies, including the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), National Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and other agencies,”
Ogeah also revealed that equipment for night flights are being purchased to help accelerate operations at the cargo section of the airport. He also stated that direct flights to Europe and other parts of the world for the export of goods will commence in Asaba in the near future.