The Asaba Airport project was initially conceived with the aim of providing a safe, fast and reliable means of transportation network linking the Asaba, the capital of Delta State to other centers of political and economic activities within and outside the country.
In three short years, the ultra-modern Airport has lived up to and even surpassed its billing by being the most convenient and reliable channel for travelers who had previously been forced to commute to Enugu or Owerri to access Asaba, Nnewi, Onitsha, Oraukwu, Awka, Abagana, and other similar locations by air.
The maiden non-commercial flight to the airport took place on 24th March, 2011; while its first commercial flight took place on 18th July, 2011 with passengers from Abuja landing at exactly 12.17pm. The aircraft, a 48-seater Overland Airlines jet with registration number 5N-BND, arrived at the airport with 20 passengers on board including Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. The maiden flight was received in Asaba by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama and other top government officials and excited onlookers who thronged the airport to witness the flight.
Having currently serviced over 20,000 passengers since its commissioning, The N17.5bn pet project of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, has been widely applauded by the majority of Deltans and Nigerians in general.
FACTS ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Airport terminal building has a total area of approximately 3,600 sq. meters and is built to accommodate airlines’ administrative buildings, and departure and arrival lounges
The airport is equipped with three Avio Bridges (i.e. six fingers), and a state-of-the art control tower
The runway is 3.4km long and can conveniently accommodate a Boeing-747 aircraft
Four state-of-the-art Fire Tenders are operational at the Airport, each costing about $1m; while two more are expected to be purchased soon.
The entire Airport Project cost the Delta State Government about N17.5bn