Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, on Monday 28th September 2020 flagged off the inaugural flight from Abuja to Jos.
The flight was operated by a domestic airline, Max Air.
Governor Lalong who was accompanied by his wife Regina, Senator Hezekiah Dimka, Minister of Women Affairs, Paullen Tallen Executive Secretary Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam and other members of the National Assembly from Plateau State joined the inaugural flight which departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 5:30pm and landed at the Yakubu Gowon Airport Jos by 6:00pm.
They were given a warm welcome by top Government officials and a large crowd of Plateau State citizens.
Governor Lalong while speaking shortly after arrival said the flight connecting Plateau State with the nation’s capital Abuja will open up business opportunities in the State and boost tourism and other activities.
He said the State has continued to witness influx of people since the return of peace with many yearning for air transportation to cut travel time by road. He said with the new development, many citizens of the State and visitors will easily shuttle between Abuja and Jos in 25 minutes.
He assured air travellers that security measures have been taken to ensure safety of passengers.
Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives Idris Maje and Minister of Women Affairs Paullen Tallen commended the efforts of the Governor in ensuring that this historic achievement is recorded.
The flight is said to operate three times in a week; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.