The Bayelsa State-owned Airport is set to commence flight operations following the approval of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The NCAA Director-General, Nuhu Musa, made this announcement during the presentation of the regulatory body’s approval letter to Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State, at the Government House in Yenagoa.
The Bayelsa International Airport also known as Bayelsa Cargo Airport has finally been given the nod to begin operations several months after the airport was commissioned.
According to Musa, the NCAA gave its approval after the airport met all the necessary airspace standards.
The NCAA DG also explained that the approval was given following the report of the agency’s inspection team, adding that the airport had been able to close 26 gaps out of the required 29 gaps.
However, he noted that the airport will only operate during daytime pending the time the runaway lights of the airport are fully installed.
In his response, Diri described the approval as a dream come true and commended his predecessor, former Governor Seriake Dickson, for his efforts in the completion of the airport.
The governor also pledged to continue to give support to ensure that the airport begins full flight operations.
His words, “This is a dream come true for our state and our people. I thank God Almighty because this journey had been a winding one from my immediate past predecessor and I have been in the saddle for over a year waiting for this licence. Today, God made it possible.”
The construction of the airport was started in 2012 by Dickson.