Aero Contractors, one of Nigeria’s leading airlines, begins scheduled flights at Asaba Airport, Delta State, today, with Lagos and Abuja as the initial routes.
This brings to three the number of airlines operating flights from Asaba, as Overland and Arik had been on the route since the airport opened for commercial services on July 13, 2011.
According to the flight schedule issued by Aero, daily operations into Asaba begin from Abuja at 10.10 a.m., and depart for Lagos at 11.45a.m. The return flight from Lagos departs for Asaba at 14.45 p.m., while the Abuja flight leaves at 16.20p.m.
The entrance of Aero reinforces the status of Asaba Airport as one of the busiest and most viable in the country.
After commencing commercial flight operations on July 13, 2011, Asaba Airport has handled 6,331 flights and 192,651 passengers at the end of October 2013. This is aside from the 18 flights and 63 passengers handled before commercial flights began, bringing total operational results to 6,349 flights and 192,714 passengers.
Mr. Chike Ogeah, Delta State Commissioner for Information, speaking on the entrance of Aero into Asaba, said the dream of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of building a hub in Asaba is on track.
“It is still early in terms of the number of airlines and the destinations being serviced. More routes will be opened as more airlines join the Asaba operations,” he said.