Asaba International Airport
A turnkey “State of the Art” Project. Connecting regional business to the world.
It all started with the agenda of the government of Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan for Delta state. A document of the state government defines the goal of Delta State thus: “we want to be the benchmark for economic development in Nigeria and ultimately Africa within the next ten years,” that is by the year 2017. The new administration is benchmarking itself after emergent Middle Eastern and Asian economic city-states, such as Dubai, Bahrain, Shanghai and Singapore.
The Asaba Airport is located between Okpanam and Ibusa. When the airport is fully completed, airplanes and its major buildings will be very visible from the Asaba-Benin highway. It will be the second airport in Delta State, the fourth international airport in the South-South.
The apron of the airport covers a land space of 45,000 square metres, which means it will accommodate up to ten active Boeing 747’s (the second largest aircraft ever built) at a time. The runway was initially 3 kilometres long, but is being extended to 3.4 kilometres, the standard size for runways of international airports.
The international airport includes cargo, passenger and shopping malls completing a strategic effort to encourage Onitsha and Nnewi traders and businessmen to bring their businesses nearer home. The airport also provides employments for over 500 youths in various capacities.
The state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan underlined the importance of the Asaba International Airport in opening up the State capital for economic growth and gave assurance that he was poised to make the airport one of the best in the country.
Arik Airline Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue announced that the airline would commence full commercial operation at the Asaba International Airport this Friday, 2 September 2010. He assured that it would be a continuous exercise. Mr. Ndulue who made this known in Asaba when the airline’s plane had its maiden landing at the airport, said the quality of work at the airport was impressive.
He noted that the airport had standard facilities that could compete favourably with any airport in Europe and Dubai saying “Asaba Airport is the best in the country. This is a modern airport, it is the type we have in Europe, Dubai and other advanced nations.” Ndulue commended the Delta State government for building and equipping the airport with modern facilities.