Antigua and Barbuda: The inaugural Antigua Airways flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to Antigua touched down at the V.C.Bird International Airport on November 1.
It was a historic day as the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda marked 41 years of Independence and celebrated the arrival of a direct airlift from the African continent.
Welcoming the flight and the over 100 passengers on board with a ribbon-cutting was Minister of Tourism and Investment, Charles Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade, E. P. Chet Greene, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James, CEO of the Airport Authority Euletta Francis, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the African Union Johann Hesse, Antigua Airways Managing Director Opeyemi Olorunfemi, Antigua Airways official Marvelous Akinola and Sampson Emmanuel, President of the Nigeria Antigua Barbuda Chamber of Commerce.
This was followed by a welcome ceremony in the VIP Lounge of the airport.
In collaboration with the government and Nigeria-based printing firm, Marvelous Mike Press Limited, the flight was scheduled to touch down at the VC Bird International Airport on November 1, Antigua and Barbuda’s Independence.
On the eve of the 41st Independence Day of Antigua and Barbuda, Prime Minister Gaston Browne issued a statement and stated, “Everyone’s experience, particularly in the travails of the last two years, shows how the country can survive the greatest threats, with tried and hardworking hands.
“Let us commit ourselves together to a rebirth of the spirit of unity of our one nation, recalling with determination that when each endeavour with supporting works, all can achieve. With our common faith we cannot – and will not – fail. Happy Independence anniversary. May God continue to bless you, and to bless our beloved Antigua and Barbuda, “said the Prime Minister Gaston Browne