Commercial Airline operations resume in Borno as Medview flight lands at airport

The Med-View Airline flight with 82 passengers on board, including the Borno State governor Kashim Shettima, touched down at about 2:00 pm today.

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After 18 long months of grounded operations due to attacks by Boko Haram insurgents, the Maiduguri airport finally resumed operations today(Friday) as a Medview Airline flew to the state.

The Med-View Airline flight with 82 passengers on board, including the Borno State governor Kashim Shettima, touched down at about 2:00 pm today.

Muneer Bankole, Medview Managing Director said the domestic carrier would initially operate four flights a week to Maiduguri, building up to a regular daily service.

Bankole said he was hopeful the Boko Haram insurgency would not affect operations.

“Allah is the owner of security. We are all at the mercy of Allah. We pray for our brothers… that they should know that peace is the solution,” he said.

Travel into and out of Maiduguri had been fraught with danger after the airport was closed, forcing travellers to undertake dangerous trips by road through Boko Haram-held territory.

In the last 18 months only military planes and emergency personnel have been allowed to use the airport.

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