Governor Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, has ordered private houses built within the perimeter of the Asaba International Airport to be demolished. The Governor directed that structures without relevant approvals will be pull down while owners of those with government relevant approvals, would be compensated. The Governor made the charge during an unscheduled inspection visit to ascertain the level of construction going on at the airport. He said, “we need to determine the perimeter of the airport to know where our land ends, we need to look at the buildings close to the airport if they have relevant approvals and if they have no relevant approvals, the buildings will go down.” “I have asked the Commissioner for Lands and Survey to take inventories for u
Arik Air flight traveling from Lagos to Asaba, Delta State, made a sudden turn midair on Friday evening after it reached its destination but was told that the airport was “closed for the day”. Flight W3 628 had to return to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with the disappointed passengers. The spokesperson of the airline, Olabanji Ola, who confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, said, “When the pilot approached the Asaba Airport, the control tower told him it would be too late for the aircraft to take off again if it lands in the airport. “The airport is for daylight operation because it does not have traffic lighting. So, there’s a particular time if the pilot enters the airport the plane would not be able to take off again because of sunset,” Mr. Ola said.