The governor of cross river state, Ben Ayade, has received another Boeing 737 aircraft at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos for the state’s commercial airline, Cally Air.
On ground to receive the second aircraft on Wednesday at Arik Air hanger in Lagos were the trio of the state Commissioner for Finance, Auquo Ekpeyong Jr., Director-General of of Due Process, Alphonsus Ogar, Director-General, Bureau of Public Private Partnership, Udiba Udiba.
TheFact Nigeria reports that the arrival of the second aircraft is coming three weeks after the first one was received on April 6, 2021.
The two Boeing 737 aircraft have a carrying capacity of 142 and 144 passenger respectively.
The governor while announcing the floating of Cally Air, early this year, had lamented about the prohibitive air transport cost in the country, particularly the Lagos-Calabar and Calabar Abuja routes.
Ayade while querying the high cost of flight ticket in the country said, “why a passenger would pay over N70,000 to fly to Calabar? The route to Calabar either from Lagos or Abuja is the most expensive in Nigeria, ” he said.
The governor explained that the outrageous charges was due to “the fact that there is no corresponding surplus of airlines coming into Calabar. So it is a responsibility of government to respond to the challenge of our people, recognizing that they are being extorted as a result of monopoly.”
He said he created the Ministry of Aviation to bring into realisation the birth of Cally Airline. We are constructing an airport in Obudu to support the patronage of international tourists coming to Obudu cattle ranch.
“we need to take advantage of the massive climatic condition suitable for the growth of ornamental plants for export in Obudu cattle ranch.”
Additionally, the governor said “it would increase the state Internally Generated Revenue and also generate employment opportunities for teaming unemployed youths in the state.”
Ayade said the airline would fly Lagos-Calabar Obudu and Abuja- Calabar-Obudu-Lagos-Abuja routes.