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Governor Otu Expands CallyAir Fleet with New Aircraft and Eyes Three More Additions


Governor Otu Expands CallyAir Fleet with New Aircraft and Eyes Three More Additions

Senator Bassey Otu, the governor of Cross River State, has officially commissioned a new Boeing 737, Registration No. 5N BYR, marking the resumption of flight services for the state-owned Cally Air at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar. During the inauguration, Governor Otu pledged the addition of three more aircraft to the fleet in the near future, emphasizing the ambition to elevate Calabar’s status to that of an international airport.

Acknowledging his predecessor, Senator Ben Ayade, for initiating Cally Air and positioning Cross River in the aviation sector, Governor Otu announced plans for the two planes to operate the Lagos-Abuja-Calabar route twice daily, coinciding with a 32-day non-stop festival beginning on November 30, 2023. Expressing gratitude to aviation authorities for the installation of night landing systems, he expressed optimism about the airport’s imminent full functionality.

Governor Otu welcomed tourists attending the 2023 Carnival Calabar International Festival, urging them to consider Cally Air for their travel needs. He expressed appreciation to Aero Contractors, the state’s partners, and affirmed the commitment to building a stronger and more viable partnership.

Aero Contractors’ Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi, praised Governor Otu for revitalizing air services in Calabar and described his administration as dedicated to repositioning Cross River economically. Encouraging air travelers to choose Aero Cally, he highlighted the airline’s affordability.

The Commissioner for Aviation, Captain Eno Inah, expressed delight at the return of Cally Air services to Calabar, anticipating increased relief for those attending the Carnival. With three more aircraft on the horizon, he foresaw a flourishing aviation business for Cross River State.


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