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Cross River receives second Boeing 737 for state airline

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Cross River State Governor, Benedict Ayade, has disclosed that the state took delivery of another Boeing 737 aircraft with a promise to crash airfares in the country.

The arrival of the second aircraft at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos came three weeks after the first was delivered on April 6, 2021 to the state-owned Cally Air.

A statement issued yesterday by the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, revealed that the two Boeing 737 aircraft have capacity for 142 and 144 passengers.

He said while announcing the floating of Cally Air, early this year, Ayade had decried the prohibitive air transport fares in the country, particularly the Lagos-Calabar and Calabar-Abuja routes.

“A passenger would pay over N70, 000 to fly to Calabar, as either the Calabar-Lagos or Abuja-Calabar route remain the most expensive in the country,” he said.

The governor explained that the outrageous charges were due to the fact that the country lacked alternatives to airlines coming into Calabar.

“So, it is Cross River State Government’s responsibility to respond to the challenge of our people, recognising that they are being exploited due to monopoly.”

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