Arrangement has been completed by the Cross River State Government to unveil CallyAir by first week of August.
Cross River State Commissioner for Aviation, Jacob Otu Enyia said the state government would formally unveil its newly acquired aircrafts in the fleet of their Cally Air by first week of August 2021.
He also confirmed that they have concluded arrangements to purchase additional three aircrafts to increase the fleet to five.
Enyia who disclosed this to newsmen in Calabar on Monday said he had to relocate to Lagos three weeks ago to personally lead the processes of completing registratiin of the new airline.
Enya said they were presently operating under the aegis of Aero Contractors because they are yet to acquire licence, airline operating licence and fulfill other legal requirements, which would hopefully be completed before the unveiling date.
“Meanwhile, we have done some test flights to nine different airports in the country but under Aero Contractors since we are yet to complete registration requirements to enable us conduct aviation businesses independently”.
“We have since registered a corporate firm called CallyAir Investments Ltd which presently the state government holds 100% equity until when other investors and shareholders come in. We are aware that government is not usually a good businessman. We shall conclude all processes to make CallyAir a legal entity before we hand it over to private managers. We are set to celebrate the feat at Margaret Ekpo international airport Calabar in three weeks, when key players in the industry will formally unveil and launch CallyAir for business.”
He said that they have since commenced the construction of the Obudu International Cargo and passengers airport where CallyAir would operate from.
He was confident that the airport would also be commissioned next year.
Enyia said the first set of CallyAir workers, including ticketing officers and air hostesses were trained by Aero Contractors, adding that they would be deployed to different airports shortly. The second batch of 32 have also commenced six weeks training at Aero, he said.
According to the Aviation Commissioner, they have not borrowed one kobo from and are not owing anyone to float the airline.
“The CallyAir has been floated purely through ‘Intellectual Money’”, he said.