Nigerian airline, Ibom air of the Akwa Ibom state is demonstrating its growth even after a tough 18 months in the airline industry. The carrier announced it has passed 1 million passengers this week and marked the event in generous fashion for the lucky passenger number 1 million
According to the airline’s press release, On Wednesday the 3rd of November 2021, the Management of Ibom Air, proudly welcomed the airline’s one-millionth passenger on board flight number IAN4134 departing from Victor Attah International Airport Uyo to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, at 16:00 local time.
The passenger, Ms Olowodu Daba Obene, was on the queue to board when the count to the 1,000,000th passenger began.
Ibom Air’s Director of Maintenance, Engineer Lookman Animashaun, conducted the count, which saw Ms Olowodu emerging as the 1,000,000th passenger.
Chief Operating Officer of Ibom Air, Mr George Uriesi, explaining the reason for the symbolic recognition of the 1-millionth passenger, said it was an essential element of Ibom Air’s culture, to track every aspect of the airline’s performance and capture major milestones. By so doing, the airline is able to keep its passengers and stakeholders informed about the progress and achievements of the airline. It was therefore easy to track with precision, when the 1 millionth passenger milestone would be reached. He commented that it was also an opportunity to thank and appreciate Ibom Air customers for their loyalty and patronage in the two (2) years and five (5) months since commencing operations.
It will be recalled that Ibom Air achieved the 500,000-passenger milestone on the 2nd of March 2021, just seven (7) months ago.
On her part, Ms Olowodu, the 1,000,000th passenger, who was unaware of what was going on, said the recognition took her completely by surprise. She was full of smiles and thanks to Ibom air for the award of a free premium return ticket to any of Ibom Air’s destinations.