West Africa’s biggest carrier, Air Peace airlines on Thursday set a new record as the first commercial airline to fly into the newly-built Bayelsa International Airport.
The flight operated by Capt. Crosby Otobo and his crew took off from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at about 2.50 p.m. and landed on the 3.5-kilometre runway of the Bayelsa International Airport at about 3.35 p. m.
The flight was welcomed by a crowd of overjoyed indigenes and residents of Bayelsa, including the state Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson and top government officials. The flight was also honoured by men of the Fire Service Department, who positioned with their trucks on both sides of the runway and sprayed arcs of water to salute the aircraft.
In a related development, Air Peace has commended Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for undertaking the Bayelsa International Airport project.
Speaking at the Bayelsa Airport moments after Air Peace flew into the facility, the airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide said the airport would be a vehicle for the industrial and economic development of the state.
“Air Peace is an airline of many firsts. We are indeed honoured and delighted to make another history as the first commercial airline to operate into the Bayelsa Airport. We commend His Excellency, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for this great project aimed at opening Bayelsa State up for rapid industrial and economic development.