Cross River — The Bebi airstrip in Obudu, Cross River State will commence full operations in March, Deputy Director of Tourism Development and Desk Officer for Obudu Cattle Ranch, Mr. Clement Anieke has said.
He spoke Monday when the National Good Governance Tour team visited the airstrip located in Obanliku local government area of the state.
The project, which began in 2005, is a collaboration between the federal government and Cross River state, aimed at promoting tourism.
It is majorly meant to service tourists visiting the Obudu Cattle Ranch and other persons visiting neighboring cities and states.
Anieke said the airstrip, which has a 1.8 kilometres runway; currently accommodates light landing and chattered flights but will expand its operations with the acquisition of a 54-seater new aircraft. He said a new management will be inaugurated to oversee activities at the airstrip.
The state has since commenced accreditation process with the National Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The team also visited the site where High Frequency Omni-Directional Range equipment were installed. With the installation, the airstrip can be spotted on the national radar and will come in handy in case of emergency landing.
Secretary to the State Government, Mike Aniah, said for the past 10 years the state had ran the airstrip without the required navigational equipment. He also confirmed that the state has already acquired an aircraft which will be managed by Aero Contractors as soon as the accreditation is approved.