The Minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika has approved the reopening of Osubi Airport in Owerri Delta state for airline operations.
Sirika who broke the news through his Twitter handle said the Airport is opened for daylight operations in Visual Flight Rules, VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols including Covid-19 guidelines and there will not be a need for local approval henceforth.
Last week Tuesday at the concession ing of the Asaba international airport, the Governor of Delta state, Ifeanyin Okowa had announced and assured the people ofthe state that the Osubi Airport will be reopen within two weeks for airline operations.
The Airport was commissioned on 17tg April 1999 by the former Minister of Aviation, Captain Briggs, is managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN.
In 2020, the Federal Government, in a letter to all the aviation parastatals, had allegedly terminated the contract of Shoreline Oil Services Limited, the operator of the airport with immediate effect, citing incompetence.
The facility has been a subject of controversy since it changed hands from the original owner, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC to Shoreline in partnership with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC in 2015.