Cross River State Government has said it will soon acquire three more aircraft to add to the two that have begun operations under Aero Contractors’ licence.
The Cally Air Investment aircraft are branded as“Cally …proudly Cross River State” and are managed by Aero Airlines temporarily until the state government would have concluded procedures and acquired its own licence forCally Airlines.
Aviation Commissioner Jake Enyia, who briefed reporters on Monday in Calabar on the achievements of his ministry, assured the citizens that the government investment in the aviation industry was to shore up the state revenue.
He said the government is the sole investor in the corporate entity called Cally Air Investment Ltd, owners of the aircraft branded “Cally …proudly Cross River State”.
The aircraft are Boeing 737 and have been certified fit and sound for flight schedules. The aircraft have met the regulatory demands of the federal and international agencies to fly. The government is pursuing other requirements to have direct licence to operate as call airlines. For now, instead of keeping the aircraft parked and continue paying demurrage, it is the wisdom of Governor Ben Ayade that we have a management agreement with Aero, a reputable airline, to add the aircraft to their flight schedule,” Enyia said.
He urged critics to be constructive because the government initiative is commendable and has achieved success with the operations of the aircraft and engagement and training of youths that will be air hostesses, ticketing and other auxiliary workers.
The commissioner hailed the governor for diversifying into the aviation industry and making him the person to head the ministry.