By Jude Atupulazi
The Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport has finally been okayed to commence full operations by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which issued the authority to the Anambra State Government. The authority took effect from last Thursday,
In a letter dated 1st December, 2021, and addressed to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, the aviation authority said it had received a security clearance from relevant security agencies for the opening.
It said that the initial negative security clearance was the reason the authority had declined approval for the opening of the airport on the 30th of October 2021, when the state government had scheduled the commissioning.
In the interim, Category B aircraft are permitted to land and take off from the airport from sunrise to sunset.
Speaking on the development, the Anambra state Commissioner for Works, Engineer Marcel Ifejiofor, praised the efforts of Governor Obiano whom, he said, never relented, even while on vacation, to ensure that the Anambra airport became operational ahead of the Christmas 2021 mass return of Ndi Anambra living in the diaspora and other visitors.
With the NCAA clearance, airlines already approved by the relevant authorities to operate at the Anambra Airport, such as Airpeace, Ibom Air, United Nigeria Airlines and others, are expected to start scheduling flights into and out of the airport immediately.