Governor Rochas Okorocha has launched an airline completely owned by the Imo State government.
The Airline is operated by Dana Air.
The maiden flight of Imo Air landed at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport Owerri with the first set of passengers.
Governor Rochas Okorocha, members of the State Executive Council and thousands of Imo people at the airport to celebrate the feat.
The 140-Seater plane with Imo Air written boldly on the body landed at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport at exactly 11.42 pm.
Governor Okorocha also said that Imo is not affected by the much-talked about recession in the Country.
“This is a happy moment in the State.
“The aim of going into the Air business is because I want to drive traffic to Imo State.
“Imo is genuinely becoming the fastest developing City outside Abuja and Lagos.
“For this, there is a need for more airlines to cushion the effects of high traffic coming to the State.
“Imo State government does not have an operating air license.
“So we needed to partner with a good and qualified airline operator. Hence, the choice of DANA Air.
“This is because Dana has a proven track record and sincerity of purpose.
“The Imo Air will be operated by DANA and we have a contract of ten years with them.
“We have five of this aircraft and the first one has just landed and four other ones will start operation in few weeks’ time.
“The International Cargo Airport will soon kick-start to supplement the efforts of Imo Air.
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“In our pursuit of making Imo better, Imo International Cargo Airport will soon commence operations.
“Work is going on smoothly and by April God’s willing the fastest International Cargo Plane will arrive Imo State.
“This, we believe, will help drive up commercial activities in the State.
Rochas also said the new airline will have a 10% discount to all Imo indigenes flying the Plane.
The operation will equally employ over 30% of Imo state indigenes.