Commercial flight operations have commenced at the Anambra International Passenger and Cargo Airport, Umueri with the travelers undergoing checks at the Air Peace stand inside the terminal building of the airport.
Correspondent Ngozi Obileri reports that checking-in of passengers to Abuja, commenced at exactly eleven 0′ clock in the morning mainly for those, who booked online.
Notable among them were the member representing Njikoka Two Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Honourable Pete Ibida, the vice chancellor, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Professor Greg Nwakoby and a former state Head of Service, Sir Chidi Ezeoke .
Speaking to the ABS, Honorable Ibida described Governor Willie Obiano as an enigma, who saw the future and maintained his track in spite of obvious challenges and expressed happiness that he is among the pioneer passengers that journeyed through the airport.
The Commissioner for Works, Engineer Marcel Ifejiofor noted that Anambra State will record a boost in business activities and revenue generation aside the over one thousand jobs it created.
On their parts, Professor Nwakoby and Sir Chidi described the airport as the best parting gift Ndi Anambra received from Governor Obiano, which he achieved in less than two years, adding that it took them less than twenty-five minutes to arrive at the airport instead of having to spend hours on the road to either Enugu or Asaba airports.
Others, who spoke to the ABS, including Engineer Emeka Okoye, Managing Director Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency and Mr. Chiejine Obieze, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Security, expressed delight that they can now travel with ease, adding that the airport will go a long way in easing the stress business people in Anambra State go through in transporting their goods to the state.