Medview Airline has commenced flight operations at the Maiduguri International Airport on Friday after the airport was reopened by military authorities in June.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the airport was shut in December 2013 by the military due to increased suspected Boko Haram insurgents’ attacks in Maiduguri.
The agency reports that the Friday flight, conveying 82 passengers including Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno arrived at the airport around 2 p.m.
While speaking on arrival, Gov. Shettima said the resumed commercial flight operations was a dream come true and commended the military for reopening the airport.
Also speaking, the Medview Managing Director, Alhaji Muneer Bankole, said that the airline would operate four flights per week.
Bankole added that “for now, we are operating on Fridays, Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays.
“But it is going to be a daily flight later. We started with four flight to build capacity and to ensure that all our people are tuned to the airline, that is why we call it the airline of Nigeria because Nigerians deserve good things.’’ The Managing Director also noted that Maiduguri is the shortest exit from any part of Nigeria to Saudi Arabia.