Jubilation: First Commercial Flight lands in Bayelsa airport
Diri, National Assemble members, others arrive Bayelsa airport in maiden flight.
It was gathered that the aircraft took off from the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 (MMA2) in Lagos at exactly 3pm.
A mammoth crowd of jubilant Bayelsans had thronged the airport from early in the morning in order to witness the historic event.
Diri, who addressed jubilant Bayelsa people, said the full commercial flight would commence in two weeks based on available bookings
The governor also noted that commencement of commercial flight signalled economic development of the state by bringing Bayelsa to the world and the world to Bayelsa.
His words: “This significant event is the culmination of the aspirations that was birthed by late Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, former governor of the state, which was eventually built by Senator Seriake Dickson, my predecessor. And it is under my administration that this project was crystallised. This is a demonstration that team work truly works.
“I am happy that the pilot of the United Nigeria Airline said our runway is one of the best in the country. It is our determination to make Bayelsa truly the Glory of All Lands and we are making our state a construction site,” he said.
Diri also expressed gratitude to his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, and his team who, he said, worked very hard to actualise the project.
Speaking, representative of Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Senator Moses Cleopas, who congratulated Diri and Bayelsa people on the feat, commended him (Diri) for his visionary leadership.