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Air Force Begins Flight Operations At Bayelsa Airport

By Udoyo Oyosongo


Almost a year after the inaugural flight to the Bayelsa International Airport was made, an Air Force jet on Sunday landed at the airport, further confirming the readiness of the facility to commence commercial flight activities.

The Air Force jet landed at exactly 4pm and took off at about 4:50pm to an unknown destination.

Commenting on the landing and take-off the jet, the Air Officer Commanding, Mobility Command, Yenagoa, Air Vice Marshal Ibukun Ojeyemi said the jet was on a Survey mission.

Ojeyemi was quoted to have also said that with the quality of the airport and state-of-the-art facilities, Bayelsans should expect more Air Force jets to land on the airport.

He again lauded the Dickson-led Restoration Government for building a world class airport, noting that the facilities at the airport is capable of accommodating a Boeing 747 aircraft.

AVM Ojeyemi who recently led a high-powered delegation of senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force on a courtesy visit to Governor Dickson, disclosed that the landing of its jet on Sunday signals the commencement of the use of the facility by NAF.

According to him, the Air Force will use the airport pending the issuance of the relevant civil aviation license for the commencement of full operations.

He described the landing and take-off of the NAF jet as smooth and impressive, as it was witnessed by some officers and men of the command and other civilians, amidst excitement.

It will be recalled that on February 14, 2019 the first flight landed at the Bayelsa International Airport to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Restoration Government.

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