Ethiopian has expressed readiness to resume flight services to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu, Eastern Nigeria, as soon the Nigerian Government gives permission for the commencement of international flights into the airport.
Senait Ataklet, the Traffic and Sales Manager of Ethiopian, disclosed this when she and her team visited Hon. Nnlim Nnaji, the Chairman of Nigeria’s House of Representatives’ Committee on Aviation, in Abuja.
She also hinted at plans to add cargo services to the airport which would support the air travelers in the region. She described the Enugu route as important and expressed Ethiopian’s willingness to serve the destination to benefit international air travelers in the region.
She sought the support of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Aviation to the airline. Ms. Ataklet also disclosed readiness of Ethiopian to provide assistance to Nigeria’s efforts to set up a national carrier.
Ethiopian is the most profitable airline in Africa, and has robust training academy as well as aircraft maintenance arm renowned for providing Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services to airlines from various other countries. Ethiopian’s technical capability and capacity would be brought to bear in supporting Nigeria’s proposed national carrier and indeed other airlines.
Hon. Nnaji emphasized the role of the Committee to make effective legislation and maintain adequate oversight of the aviation industry in Nigeria to ensure travelers and Nigeria as a nation benefits from aviation.