Aero begins commercial flight to Obudu ranch resort, Speaking after touching down on a return flight to Calabar on a Dash 8300 Series, 5N-BJO, a 5o-seater aircraft, former Special Adviser to Governor Liyel Imoke on Tourism, Mr. Wilfred Usani expressed delight at the commencement of flights, saying it was long overdue.
Mr. Usani said the flight was imperative, adding that “the Cross River State Government has acquired an aircraft which will be managed on behalf of the government by Aero Contractors.”
According to Usani: “Aero Contractors is carrying out maintenance on the aircraft which would be delivered to the government in June. “Based on the agreement, the company was to begin a maiden flight today (yesterday). The commencement of the commercial flight is expected to open up bi-weekly flights from Calabar to Bebi. Part of the partnership is to ensure that flights from Calabar to Obudu becomes regular and on schedule.
“For us, the significance of the partnership is tremendous as we plan to bring about additional value to our tourism offering.
“For long, we have been challenged by access to the Obudu Mountain Resort, which is one of our important tourist sites.”
“What we have achieved with the partnership also is that we have been able to kill travel time, usually expended on road to the ranch. The flight we embarked on today (yesterday) took 35 minutes. There is no doubt it will significantly improve access to the resort. For us, it is a major achievement in our tourism drive”.
“The feat recorded by the state is a testimony to Imoke’s passion in entrenching the state in the global tourism map”.
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