Located nearly 500km east of Lagos, Asaba Airport in Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta State has been cleared by the Nigerian government for international operations. According to Nigerian media, the announcement follows inspections which confirmed the air transportation hub meets the necessary requirements.
In recent years the airport has undergone a massive upgrade project and seen the installation of world class Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) to enhance visibility and assist pilots when landing aircraft at night and during bad weather conditions. The airport currently sees minimal domestic traffic with Air Peace offering flights to Abuja and Lagos and Aero Contractors, the state-controlled Nigerian carrier, also serving Asaba. As yet no international flights have been announced.
Having inspected facilities at the airport Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, told reporters that the state government has done well in developing the airport to meet international standards especially in upgrading the runway and other ancillary works. He described the airport as being “strategically located at the centre of very many good locations in the country.” He also commended the Delta State Government for recognising aviation as one of the catalysts for growth and development and for understanding its economical benefits.
Plans have also been highlighted to expand Asaba Airport’s terminal building, although these are still in their infancy.