Air Peace made history as the first airline to land its aircraft at the Anambra State International Passenger and Cargo Airport.
Media Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr Stanley Olisa, said in a statement in Lagos on Friday that Airline has added another first to its kitty.
Olisa said that the foremost airline deployed two of its aircraft- an Embraer 145 and a Boeing 737- for the demonstration flights to unveil the airport site in the Umuleri axis of the state.
Mr Allen Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace, while speaking at the event, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for approving and enabling the project.
Onyema noted that the airport was one of the fastest airports to be approved even for a test flight.
What we have here is the widest runway ever and could land a Boeing 777 and an Airbus 380.
This is the first time an airport would be doing a test run with a Boeing 737. It used to be very small planes before.
Onyeama said the airport would generate numerous jobs for Nigerians and significantly impact Nigeria’s economy.
The chairman said that the new Anambra Airport was an ambitious project initiated by Gov. Willie Obiano which has recorded impressive execution in 15 months.
Meanwhile, Governor of the state, Willie Obiano, had earlier announced that the Anambra Cargo Airport, located in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government, will be ready for use in April.
Obiano disclosed this when he led the joint committee of the National Assembly on inspection of the project in March.
The governor said his administration was determined to deliver the airport in view of its enormous economic importance to the state and southeast zone and Nigeria at large.
He expressed satisfaction with the speed and quality of work at the site since January 2020 when the project started.
He described the airport as one with the longest runway in Nigeria with a satellite landing system to aid aircraft land any time of the day and in all weather.