The cost of air-travels at the Asaba International Airport is likely to drop following healthy competition among airline operators as more airline operators commence operations at the Asaba Airport.
Addressing newsmen at the maiden flight of Azman Air, which commenced flight operations at the Asaba Airport, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Chiedu Ebie, stated that with the presence of the new airline and more airlines, as expected, there will be a healthy competition which will make the cost of air-travel more affordable.
Speaking also, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, stressed that the presence of more airlines jostling to take advantage of the airport was a testimony of the success of the Stronger Delta agenda of the Okowa administration and the state government’s drive to boost the local economy.
The Senior Policy Adviser to the governor, Prof. Sylvester Monye, commended the management of Azman Air, even as he revealed that ‘’Arik Air will resume operations on Wednesday’’ to compete with Aero Contractors, Air Peace, and Overland Airways.
“When I was going to Abuja on Friday, I paid N55, 000 but this flight (Azman) is about N23, 000 and so you can see the difference between having one airline and having many airlines doing the same route. It is a question of demand and supply and we expect the prices to come down massively’’ he said.
Earlier, the Managing Director, Azman Air, Dr. Faisal Abdulmunaf, while commending runway and other facilities at the airport, said the airline sought the cooperation of Deltans as it hoped to conquer the south-south region.
Explaining the economic consequences of more airlines in the airport, the project director of Asaba International Airport, Mr. Austin Ayemidejo, assured of stable flights throughout the week.
‘’Daily, we record about 700 passengers now and with Azman Air coming in, we may record up to 1000 on the average every day. That tells you how much the hospitality business will benefit. There will be a multiplier effect in Asaba and its environs’’ he said.