Daily Trust (Abuja)

27 January 2013

Nigeria: Gombe, Arik Air Collaborate for Daily Flights

Gombe State Government and Arik Air Ltd. will partner to ensure daily flights from Abuja to Gombe, the Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Alhaji Hadi Shehu, has said.

Shehu disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday.

He said Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo had granted the approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will boost air traffic in the state through the Gombe Airport.

"The ministries of finance; commerce and industries; and justice are already reviewing the proposals we have received from the directives of the governor to see whether we can actualise some of the MoUs we want to enter with people who want to provide ground handling services.

"We are going into an arrangement with Arik Air, the only airline now operating in Gombe, to see that we sustain their operations on daily basis.

"They can bring their aircraft, the last flight from Abuja and first flight in the morning.

"An average Gombe resident can go to Abuja and do his business and come back the same day" Shehu said.

On the technical staff at the airport, the commissioner said there are no adequately trained personnel but the ministry is entering into some kind of concessionary arrangement.

NAN

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