In March 2015, the Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano approved the investment of NGN5 billion (USD25.3 million) for the development of a new four-lane approach road to the planned Umueri Cargo Airport, to be built in Anambra East, which today, 30th April 2021 witnessed the first aeroplane, Air-Peace land in the state.
Apr-2017. Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano launched the Umueri Cargo Airport project on 11-Apr-2017.
Mr Obiano said the ‘Airport City Project’ will be developed on a 1500 acre site and will feature two runways, an aviation fuel facility, aircraft maintenance facility, airport hotel, business park and international convention centre.
The project is expected to generate 1200 direct and 3600 indirect jobs. The project is estimated to cost more than USD2 billion and will be developed through a partnership between the Anambra State Government, Orient Petroleum Resources and Elite International Investments. Elite International Investments will provide all funds under a build, operate, manage and transfer agreement. Anambra Airport City Infrastructure Limited allocated a 75% equity stake to Elite International Investments, 20% to Oreint Petroleum Resources Limited and 5% to the State Government.
Sep-2019. Anambra’s Government allocated NGN6 billion (USD16.5 million) for the construction of Umueri Cargo Airport as part of the state’s 2020 budget.
Sep-2020. Nigeria’s Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano reported Umueri Cargo Airport will be opened in Apr-2021.
Apr-2021. Anambra State’s Government stated Air Peace will operate a test flight at Anambra Airport on 30-Apr-2021, marking the first operation at the new airport using a commercial aircraft. The airport will be commissioned by the end of 2021 and will feature a 5700m runway with facilities to handle domestic and international services.
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