by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state has officially flagged-off the inaugural flight from Abuja to Jos operated by Max Air, on Monday, at the Yakubu Gowon Airport Heipang, near Jos.
The governor was along with his wife, Regina; Senator Hezekiah Dimka; Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen; Executive Secretary Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam and other members of the National Assembly from Plateau state that joined the inaugural flight, which departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 5:30pm.
The flight landed at the Yakubu Gowon Airport Heipang near Jos around 6:00pm to a rousing welcome by a large crowd of Plateau state citizens. At the airport was Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Idris Maje, and Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly, Nuhu Abok Ayuba, among other top government officials.
Speaking shortly after arrival, the governor said, the flight connecting Plateau state with the nation’s capital, Abuja, will open up business opportunities in the state and boost tourism and other activities.
He noted that, “The state has continued to witness influx of people since the return of peace, with many yearning for air transportation to cut travel time by road,” adding, “With the new development, many citizens of the state and visitors will easily shuttle between Abuja and Jos in 25 minutes.”
He assured air travellers that security measures have been taken to ensure safety of passengers.
The Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Idris Maje, and Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, commended the efforts of the governor in ensuring that this historic achievement is recorded. The flight is expected to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.