Imo Air Travellers Complain Hike In Fare Few Hours To Easter

When channels Television visited the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri, the state capital, operations were fully back as hundreds of air travellers were seen either arriving or travelling out of the state especially to celebrate Easter with friends and families.

 

Some air travellers in Imo State have complained about the hike in tickets, just a few hours to the Easter day celebrations across the country.
The beehive of activities comes a few days after the airport experienced a fire outbreak.

 

A traveller who spoke to Channels Television on anonymity attributed the price hike in the air ticket to the festive period.

“There is much increase (in air ticket). It’s only Dana and Air Peace that visit this place. Usually, the capitalised on that and increased the price of the air in tickets.,” he stated.

Imo Govt. Floats Airline, Says It Will Increase The State IGR

Imo, CBN, MSMEs, Rochas Okorocha,The Imo State Government have taken delivery of the first aircraft, to kick start, as the first state owned commercial airline, Imo Air.

During the official launch of the new airline at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo airport in Owerri, the Imo state capital, the Governor Rochas Okorocha said the investment by the state government would boost economic activities in the state.

He added that it would also increase the state Internally Generated Revenue and also generate employment opportunities for teaming unemployed youths in the state.

The governor noted that it had been his dream and sincere desire to position Imo State on the fast lane of development, prosperity and growth.

“This is a happy moment in the State. The aim of going into the air business is because I want to drive traffic to Imo State as it is becoming the fastest developing city outside Abuja and Lagos. For this, there is need for more airlines to cushion the effects of high traffic coming to the State.

“Imo government does not have an operating air license. So we needed to partner with a good and qualified airline operator. Hence, the choice of DANA Air because of its proven track record and sincerity of purpose.

“The Imo Air will be operated by DANA and we have a contract of 10 years with them. We have five aircraft. The first one has just landed and four other ones will start operation in few weeks time”.

The governor explained that “the International Cargo Airport will soon kick-start to supplement the efforts of Imo Air.

“In our pursuit of making Imo better, Imo International Cargo Airport will soon commence operations. Work is going on smoothly and by April, God’s willing the fastest International Cargo Plane will arrive Imo State.

“This, we believe will help drive up commercial activities in the State,” Governor Okorocha stated.

He informed reporters that Imo Air would have 10% discount to all indigenes flying the plane and the operation would equally employ over 30% of Imo sons and daughters to help in the management of the airline.

Some dignitaries present at the event lauded the initiative of the Imo state government, saying it would go a long way to address the shortfalls in air transport in the southeast and Nigeria as a whole.

The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Josephine Udoji said: “When we launched our Imo mass transit buses, we engaged not less than 300 unemployed youths. Today they are earning not less than 30,000 Naira and some are earning 50,000 Naira from that project.

“We saw the need to launch the Cabs which we did at a subsidised price so our people can now be owners of cars”.

The new airline is expected to have routes to Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Sokoto, and other major states in the federation.

Imo Govt. Floats New Airline Says It Will Boost State Economy

Imo Govt. Floats New Airline Says It Will Boost State EconomyThe Imo state government has taken delivery of the first air craft to kick start the first state owned commercial airline named Imo Air.

During the official launch of the new airline at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo airport in Owerri, the Imo state capital, the Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha said the investment by the state government is to boost its economic activities.

He also believes that it would increase the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, as well as generate employment opportunities for its teaming unemployed youths.

The Governor noted that it has been his dream and sincere desire to position Imo state on the fast lane of development, prosperity and growth, adding that he won’t rest on his oars until that dream is realised.

He also said that Imo is not affected by the much-talked about recession in the country because according to him, some people might wonder why the state would dabble into airline business in time of recession.

“This is a happy moment in the state. The aim of going into the air business is because I want to drive traffic to Imo state as Imo is genuinely becoming the fastest developing City outside Abuja and Lagos.

“For this, there is need for more airlines to cushion the effects of high traffic coming to the state,” he added.

Furthermore he stated that the “Imo government does not have an operating air license. So we needed to partner with a good and qualified airline operator, hence, the choice of DANA Air because of its proven track record and sincerity of purpose.

“The Imo Air will be operated by DANA and we have a contract of ten years with them. We have five of this aircrafts and the first one has just landed and four others will start operation in few weeks time.

“The International Cargo Airport will soon kick-start to supplement the efforts of Imo Air.

“Work is going on smoothly and by April, the fastest International Cargo Plane will arrive Imo State. This, we believe will help drive up commercial activities in the state.

“Imo is a hub for business and there is no better place to invest now in Nigeria than Imo state. Inspite of the recession, the state is still flourishing and progressing because of its visionary leadership,” Okorocha said.

He also hinted that “Imo Air will offer a 10% discount to all indigenes of the state flying the Plane and the operation will equally employ over 30% of Imo sons and daughters to help in the management of the Imo Air”.

Some dignitaries present at the event lauded the initiative of the state government, stating that it would go a long way to address the shortfalls in air transport in the south east and Nigeria as a whole.

The Commissioner for Work and Transport, Josephine Udoji said “When we launched our Imo Mass Transit buses, we engaged not less than 300 unemployed youths.

“Today they are earning not less than 30,000 Naira and some are earning 50,000 Naira from that project.

“We also came and saw the need to launch the Cabs which we did at a subsidised price so our people can now be owners of cars.

“People are also employed in that sector. Today I have on my desk not less than 473 applications from unemployed youths and they are the people we are going to engage for the services of this Imo Air.

“By all these policies, I think we’ve been alleviating the sufferings of the poor unemployed youths in Imo state.

All our projects are centered on human development.” She said.

Imo Air: Imo Govt. Floats Airline, Says It Will Boost State’s Economy

Imo Govt. Floats New Airline, Says It Will Boost State's EconomyThe Imo state government has taken delivery of the first aircraft to kick start Nigeria’s first state-owned commercial airline named Imo Air.

It was a beehive of activities at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport as top Imo state government functionaries as well as Imo indigenes gathered to witness the arrival and official launch of the first aircraft in the fleet of the new state government flight operator Imo Air.

At about 11:45AM the aircraft landed from Lagos as people waited anxiously at the tarmac – the first of the five aircraft expected to run the air business for the state government.

While addressing the anxious crowd, the Imo state Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, said the new Imo Air is part of the plans and programmes of the his administration to boost the economy of the state and also generate employment opportunity for unemployed youths in the state.

The Governor said Owerri, Imo state capital, being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and now with a new airline, will become visible on world map, hereby boosting the investment and tourism potential of the state.

The Governor, while fielding questions from journalists after the official launch, said Imo Air is in partnership with a Nigerian local flight operator which will manage and operate the flight for Imo state government.

He said that this is because most times governments do not do well in business and particularly maintaining an airline business.

Some dignitaries present at the event lauded the initiative of the Imo state government acknowledging its potential to address the shortfalls in air transport in the south-east region and Nigeria as a whole.

The government has promised that by April 2017, the remaining four aircraft will arrive the state.

The new airline is expected to ply Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Sokoto, and other major states in the federation.