The newly inaugurated Anambra Cargo Airport has recorded 142 flights with 3,865 passengers landing and taking off from the airport after a month of opening the facility.
The airport which was opened for commercial services on December 7, 2021.
This was disclosed by The Anambra Commissioner for Works, Marcel Ifejiofor, in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Umueri, near Awka, where the airport is located.
He said that the flight and passenger figures surpassed projections when compared with the airport’s contemporaries, it would have been more, if more airlines were using the airport.
NAN has reported that so far, only Air Peace and United Nigeria Airlines are landing and taking off at the Anambra Airport.
Mr Ifejiofor, who is also the head of the Anambra State Airport Project Committee, said the airport contributed significantly to easing passenger traffic during the Christmas celebration and new year.
He said: “Anambra Airport is a hub, there is no place you can’t go to in Nigeria from Anambra State. We are just scratching the surface in terms of activities that will take place here.”
Martin Nwafor, the managing director of the Anambra Airport Management Authority, who also spoke said the service quality at the airport has continued to improve greatly.
He added ,that all the regulatory agencies in the aviation sector, including the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, among others, were now domiciled at the airport.
He said there had not been “any issue” since the opening of the airport and that the airport management was prepared to handle issues as they arose.
Mr Nwafor added that the workers deployed to the airport were trained and were given sufficient orientation on how to do their job perfectly.