About 4 weeks after the Plateau State Government formally signed an agreement with the indigenous airline, Max Air, the much awaited commercial flight services connecting the Nigerian capital Abuja and the state capital Jos have been inaugurated.
The air services which had the inaugural flight conveying the State Governor, Simon Lalong from Abuja to Jos will operate thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with the air ticket put at N23,000. The departure time from Abuja is 3:20pm and arrival in Jos at 4pm. The flight will depart Jos at 4:45pm and arrive Abuja at 5:25pm on the same days.
Governor Lalong was accompanied on the inaugural flight from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja by his wife Regina, Senator Hezekiah Dimka, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Paullen Tallen, Executive Secretary Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission Yakubu Pam and other members of the National Assembly from Plateau State.
The flight arrived the Yakubu Gowon Airport Jos with the Governor and the other dignitaries received by the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Idris Maje Wase, the State Deputy Governor Professor Sonni Tyoden and Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly Nuhu Abok Ayuba among other top government officials.
Governor Lalong said the flight services between Abuja and Jos will “open up business opportunities in the State and boost tourism and other activities”
A statement by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor,
Dr. Makut Simon Macham quoted Lalong to have said the State has continued to witness influx of people since the return of peace with many yearning for air transportation to cut travel time by road which the flight offers in 25 minutes.
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