Ibom Air is one of Nigeria’s domestic airlines to watch, with its recent inauguration of flights into the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) Enugu, just a few months after entry into the market.
The airline’s Chief Operating officer, Mr. George Uriesi says even though Ibom Air was negatively affected by covid19 pandemic just like other airlines in the sector, the airline is building the business back to the former trajectory and to expand out footprint in Nigeria. He said the focus is to survive, keep staff, stabilize the business and reach the trajectory for 2021.
The airline has been strategic in route expansion, starting from its base in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, expanding to Lagos and Abuja which is its commercial and political capital. It started operations to Calabar because of the need in that space and on September 14, 2020, it commenced flights into Enugu airport.
If the airline maintains this pace of route expansion, it is likely to in no distant time, extend flights into regional and possibly, international destinations.
He says Akwa Ibom state government is working on a US$100m Ibom Airport Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility located in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, which was commissioned in December 2012 to cater for maintenance of Boeing 737 aircraft, Airbus and Bombardier aircraft.
Alongside this plan, Ibom Air has maintained a long term plan to ensure that Akwa Ibom becomes a hub for travel, tourism and business.