The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said his administration is trying to expand the Ibadan Airport runway so that bigger aircraft could land at there.
The governor said this on Thursday while receiving the Air Officer Commanding, Logistics Command, Ikeja, Air Vice Marshal Olaonipekun Makinde, in Ibadan, adding that such would make the airport a true alternative to Lagos.
He said, “We believe that the airport in Ibadan should serve as a true alternative airport to Lagos if it has the capacity to take the 747 aircraft. So, we have a project that we are incubating right now. We are trying to expand the runway so that bigger aircraft can land in Ibadan.
“We are also looking at Ibadan as actually becoming the hub for regional air transportation. We are trying, even within the shortest possible time, to see if we can have a connection between Ibadan and Port Harcourt.
“We are talking to Air Peace and they should be starting an operational flight from Ibadan to Abuja in the next two weeks. And Ibadan to Port Harcourt should commence once we have finalised the discussion that we are having with them.”