Ibom Airline said on Tuesday that it uplifted 300,000 passengers since its inception last year, adding that it contributed more than N1bn directly and indirectly to the economy of Akwa Ibom State within the period.
The Group Manager, Marketing and Communications of the airline, Mrs Aniekan Essienette, spoke during an interaction with newsmen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
“We want to be to Akwa Ibom State, what Emirates Airlines is to Dubai and what Ethiopian Airlines is to Ethiopia. I believe we can achieve this with your continued support and those of the good people of Akwa Ibom State.
“In line with this aspiration, just in 2019 alone (our first year of operation), Ibom Air’s direct and indirect impact on Akwa Ibom’s livelihood and businesses amounted to over N1bn.
“This is in addition to the employment of indigenes of Akwa Ibom, not just in low and entry level to senior positions, but in the very highly skilled aviation professions of piloting, cabin crew and aircraft maintenance engineering.
“As a matter of fact, 17 young indigenous trainee maintenance engineers have qualified or are on the verge of being qualified as Bombardier CRJ 900 Aircraft Engineers,” She said.