Ethiopian Airline Boeing 757 cargo plane has made its maiden flight to Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, described the maiden flight as a historic occasion that will raise the profile of the airport and boost the economy of the state and the entire Southeast.
Ugwuanyi, while addressing a crowd comprising dignitaries and some excited indigenes of the state, said the event was in line with the objectives of the recent Enugu State Investment Summit, where he had declared that Enugu State was ready for business.
He said that the coming of Ethiopian airline was yet another evidence in support of the declaration.
The governor said: “Three years ago, precisely on August 24, 2013 we welcomed the first ever international flight to Enugu operated by the Ethiopian Airlines.
“Today we have gathered again to celebrate the first landing of cargo at this same airport, and which once more has happened courtesy of the Ethiopian Airlines”.
He added that the new development means that people from the region can fly to all parts of the world and have their bulk cargo delivered to them via the Enugu airport.
“It will save costs, enhance convenience and safety in importation of goods,” he said, adding that it will also promote employment and help raise the international profile of the airport, Enugu and the entire region.
Ugwuanyi commended the Federal Government and the Ethiopian Airline operators for making the age-long dream of the entire Southeast region come to fruition, urging investors and the business community to take full advantage of this new opportunity to expand their businesses, develop the region and the country at large.