Cross River State Government has yet spent over N27 Billion to construct the Obudu International Cargo and Passengers airport, near the popular Obudu Mountain Resort.
Commissioner for aviation in the State, Jake Otu Enyia disclosed this in an interview in Calabar.
According to him, the sum is far less than what some other state governments have expended to build theirs because the Obudu topography is not very rugged or swampy.
He said that the amount covers all the contracts for runway, control tower, fire service, and others, adding that they were not owing any contractor.
“Were it not for the rains and COVID-19 restrictions last year by now we would be thinking of flying our airlines from the airport.
“I can assure that by December 2022 the airport will be ready for commissioning, and our CallyAir will take off from and land there.”
Enyia also added that they are ready to purchase the number three aircraft to increase the number of to three so far.
He said they have not yet given a thought to privatising the airline because they have not yet completed requirements for its legal status and acquiring of Air Operating Licence.
“There is however possibility of going into or continuing partnership with Aero Contractors in future, and also selling shares to members of the public.”, He said