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Cross River to Float Airline, ‘Cally Air’ by November




Governor Ben Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River says the state government is to float an airline, to be called ‘Cally Air’ as part of its tourism investment drive.

Ayade said this on Monday in Calabar while playing host to a consortium of Indian investors.

According to him, the airline will be managed by Dana Group under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

The governor said the airline will debut in November and would fly Calabar, Obudu, Lagos and Abuja routes.

“We have our own state’s aircraft currently in Aero Contractors‘ fleet in Lagos. The management of Dana Airline has agreed to do a detailed technical study of the aircraft before it commences commercial flight operations,” he said.

Ayade said the state was in a haste to get the airline started while Dana Airline would serve as its technical partner.

Speaking, Jackies Hartmani, the Managing Director of Dana Group, applauded the joint partnership between his group and the state government.

“My company is very impressed with what Gov. Ayade is doing to transform the state in terms of investment and we are committed to ensuring the success of the partnership,” Hartmani said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Anonymous

    September 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Why is development in Cross River almost always centered in Calabar, why isn’t it spread out to other parts?

  2. Uzor

    September 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    The Calabar airport needs a lot of work, the city itself is fast loosing its appeal,Obudu Cattle Ranch is a shadow of its-self yet ‘Cally air’ is the in thing…….It is well

    • calabar trends

      September 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      thats thru though..the ranch is so quiet ths days

  3. Great Lady

    September 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    This is nice.

  4. Sumbo

    September 5, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Why Cally air…What happened to naming it Calabar Air for crying out loud….must we always loose our identity in trying to be cool.

    An indigenious airline…..first state owned airline…in Nigeria for that matter, and we still need the name to sound cool….as if CALABAR is not cool enough.


    • Da_Walk

      September 5, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      # am goin goin down down to cally#

    • Marlvina

      September 6, 2016 at 12:15 am

      But iris jst a nickname na. Same way Lagos is known as Lasgidi, Calabar is Cally and Port Harcourt is known as P-town. Well warefa, the idea of a state airline is a welcome development; the name really doesn’t matter now.

  5. Mr.A

    September 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I like Gov.Ben Ayade. He has some really great ideas and one is buoyed by his enthusiasm from how passionately he speaks about these ideas (Super highway{with FG}, Deep seaport, garment factory, FTZ/Industrial city..), but I hope these grandiose plans are made solely in the interest of the residents of the State, there is equitable distribution of resources to as many parts of the state as resource can currently allow (like @anonymous stated) and proper feasibility studies are carried out prior to commencement. I say this because we have heard this kind of announcements which could potentially provide jobs for a few hundred directly and thousands indirectly, come to naught. Also there should be full disclosure of this supposed partnership, who owns what and how much, timelines and so on, if we had journalists who knew work well, this would have been covered in this report, but this is unfortunately how things are reported in our dear country.

  6. Can do much better, please.

    September 5, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    “”Cally”” Air?

  7. nnenne

    September 6, 2016 at 2:11 am

    I think Nigeria would develop faster if more power is taken away from the Federal Government and given to the state governments.
    Good one, Cross River State .

  8. Ch

    September 7, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Another failed project in the making. Let’s address the basics and leave fancy stuff for now. When airlines are shutting down operations, aviation fuel is gold now, that is when a state govt wants to plough resources into it.

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