Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state says the state government is going to float an airline, called ‘Cally Air’ as part of its tourism investment drive.
The Governor said this in Calabar today while playing host to a consortium of Indian investors. According to him, Cally Air will be managed by Dana Group under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
“We have our own state’s aircraft currently in Aero Contractors’ fleet in Lagos. The management of Dana Airline has agreed to do a detailed technical study of the aircraft before it commences commercial flight operations,” he explained.
Cross River announces Cally Air
According to him, the airline is expected to debut in November and would fly Lagos, Calabar, Obudu and Abuja routes. Gov. Ayade said the state was in a haste to get the airline up and running. Dana Air would also serve as its technical partner.
Mr Jackies Hartmani, the Managing Director of Dana Group also applauded the joint partnership between both parties. “My company is very impressed with what Gov. Ayade is doing to transform the state in terms of investment and we are committed to ensuring success of the partnership,” Hartmani added in addition.