By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
After many months of suspension of its operation at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, due to the major reconstruction work by the Federal Government at the airport, Ethiopian Airlines has successfully operated a commercial flight safely in and out of Enugu this weekend.
The flight, ETH 917 with registration number, ET-ATJ landed at Akanu Ibiam International Airport by 12:53 UTC and was airborne at 14: 16 UTC to the delight of passengers, airport workers and other stakeholders who are relieved of the burden of waiting for so long for the resumption of international flights at the only international airport in the South East region.
Confirming the full resumption of Ethiopian Airlines international flights at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on Sunday, a top official of the airline in Nigeria, Senait Ataklet, revealed that the airline will operate three flights weekly at the airport.
Prompt News reports that Ethiopian Airlines is the lead airline operating at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu as passengers from the five South East states of Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Ebonyi and Abia as well as parts of Delta, Kogi and Cross River prefer to use Enugu for its proximity to their final destinations.
Other international airlines are expected to fly into Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu after Ethiopian Airlines have led the way especially during the forthcoming Christmas and New Year festivities which attract Ndigbo in diaspora to visit their ancestral homes in the South East.
Also, with Nigeria roads now the den of thieves, bandits, killer herdsmen and insurgents, air travels have become options for many who can afford it, a situation which will ensure that the airport records high volume of passengers.