Ethiopia’s flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines has officially commenced flights operation from Kaduna State. The Addis Ababa based airline now operates a total of five routes in Nigeria which includes Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Kaduna, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 aircraft (ET-9221) landed at the Kaduna International Airport (KAD) from Addis Ababa at noon (August 1st) carrying 17 passengers on board. It later departed for Addis Ababa at 1:30 p.m the same day with officials of Kaduna State Government and other passengers.
Speaking before departure, Governor Nasir EI’ Rufai stated that Kaduna State had until now been disadvantaged in terms of access to the outside world due to lack of access to the sea and international flights until the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja was shut for rehabilitation in March.
He said that with the inaugural flight, the airport had become a full fledged and this would enable people of the state to connect with over 100 destinations using the airline.
According to him, Ethiopian Airlines is the only international airline that has indicated confidence in Kaduna by deciding to fly the route.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said the government would support any airline that showed commitment to growing aviation business in the country. Sirika, while commending the airline for accepting to commence full operation to Kaduna, said the government would provide an enabling environment for it to succeed.
He also commended the government of Kaduna State for its resilience toward developing and encouraging aviation business into the state. According to him, the government is in a position to encourage any airline that has the where withal and the capacity to provide service.
Source: Guardian NG