Managing Director of Azman airline, Faisal Abdulmunaf, the newest to patronize the Asaba airport, has thumbed up for the upgrade done by the Delta state government. Upon landing on the airport las week Sunday, he said every facility on the airport is up to standard.
The Azman aircraft landed at the airport at about 4.25 on that Sunday and taxied through the runway that was newly upgraded by the state government. The managing director said the runway is good, it is up to standard.
He told journalists at the airport that his airline is to begin operation in Asaba airport, saying the airline is committed to safety and that they have well organised staff who are committed to meeting the needs of the people of Delta state.
He explained that following their entrance into Asaba, a city in the South South, the airline is planning to enter the states in the enter southern region of the country.
He said Delta state is very strategic to them, adding that most of the northern business men coming to the South pass through Asaba to Onitsha, hence the Asaba airport will be helpful to them as they fly in from the Northern states.
When asked if the airline will be consistent in its flight to Asaba, he said the airline has come to stay and not for a one-stop-shop.
He said: “We are not for one time operation. We are here to stay. We are pleading with Deltans to patronize us. We have very good and professional staff. We have excellent machines. We have good maintenance records. Azman is here to stay.
“We have a good relationship with Delta state government. We are here for friendship. We are here to support the economy of Delta state. We are here to support the people of Delta state in terms of employment. We don’t believe in taking advantage. We are her to make sure our competitors come back.
“Our plans to expand to other states from here, that is carrying from Asaba to other cities depend on how Deltans respond to us. It depends on the market. If the market is responding to us well, we will do that. It will be very easy for us.”
The state commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu, who received the team from Abuja, in company of Austine Ayemidejor, airport project director and youth commissioner, Michael Egwungyega, appreciated Azman airline for finding Delta worthy for their business operations.
He said: “I’m aware they have a number of routes both in the north and south western part of Nigeria. This is good not only for the airline but for our people. Because we took steps to upgrade our airport and ensure our runway is conformed to international standard, the dividends are already showing. Now a good number of airlines are coming in to take advantage of these facilities that Governor Okowa has put in place in Delta state.
“It means that our decision to upgrade the airport is a right one and we believe that many more airlines will come in. To a very large extent it will help our investment drive. This is another opportunity of getting Deltans to work with Azman airline. They will bring jobs for our people.
“So, it’s a right thing we did. We are happy for this development and we look forward towards more routes beyond Asaba-Lagos and Asaba-Abuja. We are hoping that in the nearest future, they will expand possibly to Asba to Kano. And possibly connect other states within the region.
“It will be good if Azman takes our people to Enugu, Ibadan and other areas. We are confident that the airline is capable of doing just that. We assure them that our people will cooperate with them. Here in Delta we are very peaceful and hospitable.”