United Nigeria Airlines on Friday had its maiden flight to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The arrival of the flight was greeted with excitement.
The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was represented at the event by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Prof. Malachy Okwueze, said the management of United Nigeria Airlines made the right choice in choosing Enugu as its hub.
He said that the state government was ready to partner with the airline and make its investments in the state successful and commended the airline’s leadership for believing in the state.
“Enugu State Government is excited to welcome United Nigeria Airline. We congratulate the company, particularly, the chairman of the airline for this very giant feat. We are excited not only because United Nigeria is now flying into Enugu, but particularly because Enugu is the operating hub. Enugu is the best state where any business can thrive. It is a home of peace and the safest State in Nigeria”, the governor said.
The Chairman of the airline, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, said the management decided on Enugu as its operational hub because of the need to expand the economy of the region.
He said Enugu is the heart of the southeast and offers great business opportunities that are yet to be tapped.
“Our short term is to consolidate. You can see we have a base in Enugu. And we have to consolidate, establish all our routes and then work about expanding. We want to expand beyond Nigeria, starting from the West Coast; just for a start. We have a big plan”, he said, adding that the aviation sector offers room for more investments.