Delta: Osubi Airport, Warri Resumes Flight Operations — 17 Months After Closure
Federal Government has reopened commercial flights at Osubi Airport in Warri, Delta State after a 17-month closure.
The airport was closed in February 2020, following controversy involving aviation service providers and management of the airport as well as over alleged debt and mismanagement.
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is now the new operator of the airport.
In March 2021, the federal government approved the reopening of the facility for daylight operations.
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At the reopening ceremony of the Airport in Okpe Local Government Area on Friday the Airport Manager, Wilson Egwato, said the airport currently operates Warri-Lagos and Warri-Abuja flights.
Eqwato assured that other routes would be added soon, stressing;
We intend to open more routes because the market is very large and viable. The business is here, and we are ready for it.
Before now, we had three airlines: Arik Air, Air Peace and Aero operating at the airport, but with this reopening, we are having the United Nigeria Airline (UNA), and we are expecting more.
UNA is setting up its office here. I believe that before the end of July, they will fly Lagos and Abuja.”
On his part, Sheriff Oborevwori, speaker, Delta house of assembly, expressed happiness at the reopening of the airport.
He said the airport would boost revenue generation, both for the state and the federal government, stressing;
We are here to witness the re-making of history. I say this because on April 17, 1999, when the airport was inaugurated, it was the first of its kind in the state.
It attracted headlines as a major breakthrough in air transportation in Delta.
Osubi is a connecting airport to most oilfields in the Delta.