The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has disclosed via his Twitter handle that the Federal Government has approved the reopening of the Osubi Airport, Warri, Delta State for daylight operations.
The Minister wrote that reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR condition is subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed.
Before this announcement, the governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa had disclosed that his government had met with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Minister of Aviation and the Minister had given him an assurance that the airport would be reopened.
The Governor also revealed that he had spoken with United Nigeria Airlines and the management agreed that the airline would start operation to the airport. Air Peace which stopped its operation to Osubi Airport when it was closed has also hinted that it would resume its operation to the airport.
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The Osubi Airport was commissioned on April 17th 1999 by the former Minister of Aviation, Captain Briggs. It was at a point managed by Shell BP and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) before the facility was handed over to Shoreline Oil Services limited.
The Federal Government approved the termination of contract of Shoreline Oil Services sometime in February 2020 as the operator of the Osubi Airstrip for what is described as an issue competence. The airport is currently under the purview of the FAAN.